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Apologies for the delay in posting this but I've been so busy unpacking and settling into the new place that it's just dropped off my radar. However, I am rectifying that now as I have a trio of YA SF ARCs to give away.

First up is CANDOR by Pam Bachorz, which is a stand-alone YA SF novel set in contemporary times and which is like 1984 meets THE STEPFORD WIVES for teenagers. It's about Oscar Banks who lives in a model town in Florida run by his father that every family wants to move to because of its record of transforming troubled and rebellious teens into model students. Oscar knows how this transformation is achieved and uses it for his own ends, but when Nia Silva moves into town, he finds himself put in a dilemma as to whether to let her succumb to the town's effects, or whether to save her.

My name is Oscar and I am the perfect teenager.
I go out with the hottest girl in school.
I get straight As. I am class president.

Oscar Banks lives in the pristine town of Candor. Son of the mayor, he is good-looking, smart and popular. And he knows something he shouldn’t – he knows about the brainwashing Messages embedded in the music that plays all over town.

Oscar has found a way to burn counter-Messages that keep him real. Up to now, it’s all worked perfectly. There’s just one problem: Nia Silva, the newest Candor arrival. What will Oscar risk to keep the Nia he loves rather than watch her become a Candor automaton?

CANDOR was released in the UK on 2nd August.

Secondly, I've got iBOY by Kevin Brooks, which is another stand-alone YA SF title about a teenage boy living on a London council estate who finds himself with incredible powers after an attack that results in pieces of an iPhone becoming embedded in his brain. As his powers develop, he decides to go after the people responsible for the rape of his best friend and discovers that great powers can also mean great problems.

As amazing as Spider-Man
As electrifying as The Wire
A sci-fi crime thriller that grips like a vice ...

Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy.

But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it’s having an extraordinary effect ...

Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge – and a choice. Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet?

Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it’s a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying ...

iBOY was released in the UK in July.

Last and by no means least, I've got ALIEN STORM by A. G. Taylor, which is the sequel to METEORITE STRIKE which came out earlier in the year and follows a group of teenagers who discover that they've developed paranormal powers as a result of a red dust storm caused by a meteorite hitting the earth. Here Sarah, Robert and their friends are trying to earn enough money to leave Australia while being hunted by the crazed Major Bright who needs samples of their blood to maintain his own super powers. Then a Russian billionaire offers them a way out, but does he have his own agenda?

A freak virus released by a meteorite storm has given Sarah, Robert and their friends amazing superpowers. But such powers are both a blessing and a curse ...

Deadly meteorites are heading to earth but mysterious Russian billionaire Nikolai Markarov seems delighted. What is his secret and can the group of friends thwart his master plan?

ALIEN STORM is not released in the UK until 26th November.

All you have to do to win these books is leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite SF movie or TV series of all time is

(To start the ball rolling, I'm torn between ALIENS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK).


1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me your favourite SF movie or TV series of all time is.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address in your comment).

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind about your favourite book), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Saturday 23rd October 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Wednesday 23rd October by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within one (1) week (i.e. by Wednesday 3rd November), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


Oct. 17th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing about Cowboy Beebop but I haven't seen it. I also have a DVD box set of Firefly that I've never fully seen and I don't really know why. I did catch part of an episode in the States and it just didn't ring my bell. Hmm ... maybe I should check it out.
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Regarding Firefly, first time I saw the first episode, it didn't catch me, but the next time, when I had time to just sit and enjoy it, it's fun, character-driven stuff :)
Oct. 17th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah - that's what I keep getting told. I will make an effort. Even if that means going through my parents' garage to try and find where I put it.