SF Scene: KGB Fantastic Fiction 9/19/08

This month’s KGB was about as packed as you might expect from a bill shared by one of the most popular authors in the YA field and an up-and-comer with a much-buzzed book. The authors in question are Holly Black, whose first comic book, The Good Neighbors, is just a few days from release, and Lauren McLaughlin, whose book Cycler came out in August. Lauren read two sections from Cycler: one from the perspective of protagonist Jill, and one from Jack, the boy Jill turns into for four days a month. Since it’s hard to do a reading from a comic book without special technology, Holly elected to read her story “The Boy Who Cries Wolf” from the forthcoming anthology Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales (edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling).

And before and between the readings, I conducted this month’s Tor.com Ridiculous Survey. This time I asked people for their favorite book in high school, for presumably obvious reasons. We logged 41 answers in total, including responses from Holly and Lauren. And only six of them started with “Lord of the”!

Like last time, if I got your response wrong—or if you’d rather I linked to a different page, or didn’t use your full name—please let me know via my shoutbox. And if I missed you this time, please come find me at the next event!

[Image by Flickr user Anosmia, CC licensed for commercial use.]


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