The weekend of April 19 – 21, 2013 marked the 5th Annual JordanCon gathering in Roswell, Georgia, and I was fortunate enough to be present for the festivities celebrating not only the life of the late Robert Jordan, but also the conclusion of The Wheel of Time series, which for many fans, has been a decades long experience that concluded on January 8, 2013 with the publication of A Memory of Light. This year’s Toastmaster was Leigh Butler (who did an excellent job, both as Toastmaster and as a panelist), whose re-reads of the Wheel of Time have kept many fans laughing and sighing for many years while we waited in anticipation for the final book release. For those not familiar with JordanCon (and I imagine that is a lot of people, because the attendance is never huge), it is a convention which provides panels, author signings, workshops, live gaming and costume contests for fans of the Wheel of Time. This year, it was also host to the 51st DeepSouthCon, a roving science fiction convention.
One panel that I attended was from Tor/Forge Books presented by Paul Stevens, and was an hour-long overview of what has recently released and what fantasy readers can expect in the coming months. There are several major trends that I noted from this overview. The first is that Alternate History is on the rise. The list contained numerous offerings of different historical events reimagined by authors such as Marie Brennan, Michele Lang, Jo Walton and Mary Robinette Kowal. Secondly, many books in the review were sequels, or were only one part of a multi-part book series. The list provided by the publisher was extensive, so for the sake of brevity, I’m providing a couple of pared-down lists. The first is a list of best bets for libraries looking to expand their fantasy/science fiction collections. The second list is books that I predict will be most popular based on author. The lists are further divided between adult fantasy fiction and young adult fantasy fiction:
Most Popular Predictions
Young Adult Fantasy
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Join me next time as I finish off my discussion of Women of Fantasy Fiction with Hugo Nominee Seanan McGuire, Eugie Foster and Mary Robinette Kowal. As always – Keep Reading! – and may all your stories be epic.