Mix-Tape Mondays: The Commonality of Man

Sporadically back to bring you another classic for this go-round on


This book, originally published in Japanese and translated for audiences around the world, gets to the crux of an issue that every human being must come to terms with at some point in their life:

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Top Ten Tuesdays

This week The Broke and the Bookish have us serving up a heaping helping of authors in a genre of our choice. I have prepared a fine selection of YA sci-fi authors, and suggested some of the works I most enjoyed by each. Authors like Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, or Isaac Asimov didn’t make my list because I haven’t read their YA work (yet).

Top Ten YA Sci-Fi Authors

1. William Sleator

To me, Sleator is like Pixar. Even his worst book is miles better than the average in the genre. That said, I’d recommend:

Interstellar Pig for gamers.

Strange Attractors for folks who love a love triangle, especially one where two of the people involved are actually alternate-dimension versions of the same girl.

House of Stairs for those who like dystopia.

2. M.T. Anderson

Read Feed! Read it now! Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger shouting that last sentence!

3. Scott Westerfeld

Uglies is a series that gets better with each book (though Extras is skippable for the picky reader).

4. Suzanne Collins

Hmmmm. Suddenly I am having trouble thinking of the sci-fi series that everyone has been talking about for the past two years. The Hunger Games. Quit trying to be cool and just read it already.

5. Robert A. Heinlein

Not strictly a YA sci-fi writer, but many of his books focus on that age group. Tunnel in the Sky is a good choice for survivalist fans who enjoyed books like The Hunger Games for reasons beyone romance.

6. Madeleine L’Engle

My heart will always be with Meg and Charles Wallace, so of course I recommend A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Many Waters was very enjoyable, but not so much sci-fi as Christian Myth…and An Acceptable Time was a slog.

7. K.A. Applegate

Animorphs series, what up! I particularly recommend the companion books to the series: The Ellimist Chronicles is still a favorite, and I loved The Andalite Chronicles. Both make sense for someone not ready to take on the whole series.

8. Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker is a solidly scientific, thoroughly entertaining environmentally-oriented novel.

9. Ben Jeapes

He wrote the outstanding novel The Ark, which I borrowed off my brother in seventh grade and still remember. It is a space ark sci-fi for purists reading in the genre. Excellent, intricate plot and very intriguing aliens.

10. Aldous Huxley

Maybe not strictly a YA author, but since many folks read Brave New World in high school, I’m including it. Love that book.

Who would you add to this list? Book recommendations?