Who Are Tomorrow’s Big Genre Stars?

SF Signal’s MIND MELD asks, “Who Are Tomorrow’s Big Genre Stars?”

Gardner Dozois namechecks me in his list, along with some truly fantastic writers.

At any rate, new or newISH writers to keep an eye on would include: Ted Kosmatka, Vandana Singh, Justin Stanchfield, Jason Stoddard, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, Andrea Kail, Daniel Abraham, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Jamie Barras, Una McCormack, Aliette de Boddard, Beth Bernobich, Jeste de Vries, James L. Cambias, Laird Barron, Sarah K. Castle, C.W. Johnson, Daryl Gregory, Peter Friend, Theodora Goss, Sarah Monette, Mary Robinette Kowal, Cat Sparks, Brendon DuBois, and a LITTLE further down the road, David Moles, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Elizabeth Bear, David D. Levine, Alex Irvine, Greg Van Eekhout, Ruth Nestvold, Jay Lake, Charles Coleman Finlay, Paolo Bacigalupi, Chris Roberson, Paul Melko, and Tim Pratt.

All of the lists include people that make me think, “Huh? Really? [x] isn’t firmly established?” and other people that I’ve never heard of. I’ll definitely be looking for more fiction from all of these folks.

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12 Responses

  1. Joe Sherry

    One thing I thought of when reading the lists was that the “up and comers” who could reasonably be seen as already established can be viewed primarily as short story writers (Jay Lake included).

    The novelists on the lists have only been around for a couple of years in any sort of prominence and maybe haven’t quite gotten as big as they will / should (Carrie Vaughn, Daniel Abraham)

    I also think that Dozois’s list there is a two parter “mostly new” and “a couple of years old”, which is how you get Elizabeth “Three Novels a Year” Bear included.

    It depends how you define “New” and “Up and Coming” and what level of “Success” will make one a “Genre Star”.

  2. Mike F

    Congrats. I saw this on SF Signal, but didn’t get a chance to read it. I expected you to be on there somewhere. You don’t get a Campbell nod for nothing you know. 🙂

  3. Jeff

    Hey I know a couple of those folks…

    You kick arse! Congratulations. Luckily tomorrow never arrives so you have time to write your next masterpiece (otherwise I’d be putting on the drill sarge uniform, “HUSTLE HUSTLE HUSTLE!”). 😉