HM Hoover

Loehr, Mallory mloehr at
Thu Jan 13 18:15:15 EST 2000

I love Hoover and THIS TIME OF DARKNESS is probably her best (I can finish
it and reread right away). I call it "social science fiction" because its
not about science so much as how it will affect people (and groups of
people). Actually ORVIS is pretty great too. She's still around and writing
about a book a year but she really hasn't been marketed at all so I don't
know how anyone finds her stuff. In the interesting sci-fi writers category
for YA, I think of her and Louise Lawrence and Monica Hughes. Also
whatshername Farmer who wrote THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM (a flawed but
very interesting book).  I think I'll hunt up some of the jean Karl titles.
I actually never read her stuff...thx!

> ----------
> From: 	Melissa Proffitt
> Reply To: 	dwj at
> Sent: 	Thursday, January 13, 2000 11:04 PM
> To: 	dwj at
> Subject: 	Re: Books in Series/ Anne McCaffrey
> On Wed, 12 Jan 2000 20:30:49 -0500, Loehr, Mallory wrote:
> >Rumor has it that she doesn't allow anyone to edit her anymore.
> >Interestingly enough, what I think are her strongest books (the
> Dragonsong
> >trilogy) were edited by a children's book editor, Jean Karl,  for a YA
> >audience...
> Jean Karl has written a number of books herself, my favorite being _But We
> Are Not of Earth_.  Her stuff (what I've read of it) is of the same flavor
> as other YA writers of her time, similar to what H.M. Hoover did--didn't
> someone mention her?  As long as I'm on the subject, I'm excited because I
> finally got a copy of Hoover's _This Time of Darkness_, possibly her most
> popular book and certainly the hardest to come by....
> Actually, in a sense these writers are doing in SF what DWJ did in YA
> fantasy at the same time--use the accepted forms of the genre in a new
> way,
> with emphasis on character and human interaction.
> Melissa Proffitt
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