Leviathan: Scott Westerfeld’s New SciFi Series

By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

LeviathanScott 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.

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10 Responses to Leviathan: Scott Westerfeld’s New SciFi Series

  1. I was always a fan of Tamora Pierce's books. She wrote fantasy set in the Middle Ages (come on, where's the SCAdians?) that…while there was magic, it was often used in the "sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" way. So the knights would be fighting in a war where the enemy had remote-controlled robots…in the 1500s.

    But yay for A Wrinkle in Time series, yes.

    Also, I read a book nearly 10 years ago where the main character finds out that he and half the town are aliens who've adopted a human appearance after their parents' generation ended up their years ago. Now they're starting to transform into their alien bodies. I think there was some kind of glove thing that they had to train with to learn how to shoot and there's some sort of violence toward the end…if anyone here's read it or know what I'm talking about, could you please reply with the title? I think the word "dark" was in the title, but I'm not sure.

    • Aggreed, Pierce captivated me in the way she built characters. The use of magic was depicted in a way that catergorised it too, druid versus wizard stuff. Interesting to read a warriors life from elly's perspective.

      • Elly?

        Alanna, Daine, Keladry, Alianne, Beka, Tris, Daja, Sandry…I don't remember an Elly.

        I absolutely love when Kel's friends from <del>Japan</del>the Yamani Islands are playing with the fan of blades and demonstrate its danger to Neal by slicing a pole in half.

    • Dark Side of Nowhere, Neal Shusterman!! One of my FAVORITE books :) I've seriously read it over 10 times, can quote parts lol!!

  2. I was always a fan of Tamora Pierce’s books. She wrote fantasy set in the Middle Ages (come on, where’s the SCAdians?) that…while there was magic, it was often used in the “sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” way. So the knights would be fighting in a war where the enemy had remote-controlled robots…in the 1500s.

    But yay for A Wrinkle in Time series, yes.

    Also, I read a book nearly 10 years ago where the main character finds out that he and half the town are aliens who’ve adopted a human appearance after their parents’ generation ended up their years ago. Now they’re starting to transform into their alien bodies. I think there was some kind of glove thing that they had to train with to learn how to shoot and there’s some sort of violence toward the end…if anyone here’s read it or know what I’m talking about, could you please reply with the title? I think the word “dark” was in the title, but I’m not sure.

    • Aggreed, Pierce captivated me in the way she built characters. The use of magic was depicted in a way that catergorised it too, druid versus wizard stuff. Interesting to read a warriors life from elly’s perspective.

      • Elly?

        Alanna, Daine, Keladry, Alianne, Beka, Tris, Daja, Sandry…I don’t remember an Elly.

        I absolutely love when Kel’s friends from Japanthe Yamani Islands are playing with the fan of blades and demonstrate its danger to Neal by slicing a pole in half.

    • Dark Side of Nowhere, Neal Shusterman!! One of my FAVORITE books :) I’ve seriously read it over 10 times, can quote parts lol!!

  3. hi there..

    u know world of warcraft?

    the first boss in the raid instance ulduar is named leviathan and it really looks like that one on the cover.. just a little bit more on the red cover ..but the look is quite the same ;D

    who stole it from who? ^^

  4. hi there..

    u know world of warcraft?
    the first boss in the raid instance ulduar is named leviathan and it really looks like that one on the cover.. just a little bit more on the red cover ..but the look is quite the same ;D
    who stole it from who? ^^

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