Lockstep makes Locus's Recommended Reading List
...And that's nine for nine! Every novel I've published since 2000 has made the list
Once again, Locus Magazine has put me in their annual Recommended Reading List. This time it's for Lockstep (which will be out in paperback in March) but, in a twist, they've included me in the Young Adult category rather than Science Fiction.
I don't know how to feel about that. I'm flattered to be told that I'm a success in the YA category, and I sort of understand why I'm there, in that Lockstep's protagonist is not an adult, there's no sex or graphic violence, and all ends well. But since when were those things required to make something an "adult" book? I wasn't writing a book to exclude a young audience, but then, I wasn't writing it to exclude an adult audience either. When I was growing up, these categories weren't so distinct and the result was I was reading books like The Worm Ouroborous and Dune when I was twelve. And why not? My nephew read Ventus when he was the same age and had no difficulty with it; so what's with this YA stuff?
I wrote Lockstep to consciously hie back to the classic space operas of the 1950s and 60s, but updated and--unlike every book that's used faster than light travel to generate its galactic empire--scientifically possible with what we know today. That was all. Whether kids read it or adults wasn't the point.
All of which means I'm overjoyed to be selected again for the list, and not at all upset to be in the YA category. I just don't really understand why the category exists. It's worrisome in that many potential adult readers who might really enjoy it may not even consider the book because of that categorization. That would be a shame for everybody involved.
Ah well. Thanks, Locus, and everybody who's enjoyed the novel--whether you consider yourself an adult, a "youth" or (and this is what I hope) another kind of person who falls into no marketing category: namely, a reader.