Bio: League Member Beth Revis
Title: Across the Universe (Razorbill, Spring 2011)
Short Plot: Seventeen year-old Amy has been cryogenically frozen for a 300 year journey to a new planet, only to be mysteriously awoken fifty years early. The ship is nothing like what she expected: the people are different, strange...and one of them is a murderer.
Favorite Dystopian Works: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and--of course--Firefly and Serenity by Joss Whedon
Why write dystopian? It's the ultimate "what if?"! Shan Yu said, if you really want to know a man, you must hold him over the volcano's edge. There's no bigger volcano than the end of the world.
Whimper or Bang? T.S. Elliot said: "This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper." So...which is it: does the world end with a whimper or a bang? I think the world is a bit like Jabba the Hut...an amorphous blob that constantly grows. The future may kill Earth--but we will grow and expand into new worlds. So, whimper or bang? I guess it's more like the groan of a fat man after a long day at the buffet.
The League of Extraordinary Writers is a group of debut YA authors who write science fiction and dystopian works. The ten of us have works that run the gamut of near-future mind control to far-future space travel, but they do have one thing in common: a future where the Earth we know now is twisted, gone.