By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Scott Westerfeld, an Australian author best known for his series of young adult science fiction novels that begins with the book Uglies, just unveiled the cover art for a new book that will be released October 6, 2009. It’s illustrated by fantasy artist Keith Thompson and is meant to evoke the feeling of books published in the early 20th century. Though what caught my eye was this description:
Leviathan is set in an alternate world in which Charles Darwin discovered biotechnology. So the British Empire was built on the backs of strange, fabricated beasties. Living airships! Fighting kraken! Message lizards!
I think that sounds really cool, myself. Sort of like the feel of steampunk but with biotech instead – and more fighting kraken in the world can’t be a bad thing. Especially lately I’ve felt that with the popularity of the fantasy genre in young adult books, that there’s been kind of a dearth of science fiction. Let’s get the kids hooked early! For me it was A Wrinkle in Time.