the OUT OF TIME series — revived!

DAVID BRIN is looking for YA writers

David Brin's OUT OF TIME series of YA books features wholly original science fiction adventure novels, each one sending young adventurers — much like the reader, from the inner city or suburbia or an immigrant background — hurtling out of today's vexing world into a future where they face real troubles, before returning home with fresh perspective.

this book series is OUT OF TIME!

Science fiction images and adventures are more popular than ever with young people, yet very little high quality written SF is aimed straight for the vast market of adventure-minded teens. Much of it follows overly familiar tropes, like Star Wars and its copycats, or else offers bleak, dystopian visions of some future in which all our efforts failed to make a better world. Few such tales offer anything pertinent to the reader's life, right here in our own tense post-millennial era.

Here's a fresh idea. How about crafting stories that involve young protagonists from here and now, throwing them into exhilarating quests across space and time? What if a leader of that vital expedition to rescue a lost space colony happens to be a student from Central High School? What if you were asked to contact an alien civilization?

the core notion behind the series

In the 24th century, people live in the very opposite of a dystopia! All our best efforts in the difficult 21st century bore fruit! Only now their near-utopia is in desperate peril. Suddenly, they need heroes with grit and determination, who can teach them how to face trouble and prevail. So they reach back through time, in order to fetch those heroes... but only teenagers can survive the journey from our present to the future.

So the heroes must be young people — youths from our own time of troubled hope, grabbed out of their normal lives and sent on dangerous missions in order to save the future. Teens from today, and from other eras deeper in the past, must be "yanked" to an uncertain tomorrow, where only their courage and savvy innovation can save the day.

we need writers to transport readers OUT OF TIME

It's time for a new world of science fiction possibilities, one that’s about adventure, hope... and a whole lot of fun! We welcome proposals from both established authors and a new generation of writers with skill and imagination who wish to expand this bold universe.

Send queries and requests for the OUT OF TIME series bible to Managing Editor Stephen W. Potts .

the three OUT OF TIME books, reissued

The series was first introduced in 1999 with three novels by award-winning authors Nancy Kress, Sheila Finch, and Roger MacBride Allen. These three books are now being newly reissued with fanfare by Rosetta books and LMBPN... and we are looking for more writers to continue the series!

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Nancy Kress

In Yanked, the first Out of Time novel, Nebula Award winning author Nancy Kress takes you on an adventure with a 10th Century Viking girl, a New Jersey high school basketball star and a young thief from Shakespeare's London, who are yanked into a future of both promise and peril and asked to achieve what adults of that time cannot... rescue a lost star-colony. But even if they succeed, will they ever make it back home?

purchase Yanked at:

Amazon US: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon Canada: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon UK: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Barnes & Noble: paperback and audio cd

IndieBound: paperback

Kobo: ebook

Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

Powells: paperback

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Tiger In the Sky

Sheila Finch

In Sheila Finch's Tiger In the Sky (awarded the San Diego Book Award in the Youth Fiction category), a pair of teens are yanked from 1999 to a space station on the edge of the solar system, where they join forces with a time-yanked cabin boy from Sir Francis Drake’s crew — and a reconstructed saber-tooth tiger — to battle a hive-minded alien menace. But how do you fight an enemy you can't bear to destroy?

purchase Tiger In the Sky at:

Amazon US: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon Canada: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon UK: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Barnes & Noble: paperback

IndieBound: paperback

Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

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The Game of Worlds

Roger MacBride Allen

In Roger MacBride Allen's The Game of Worlds (winner of the 2000 Hal Clement Award for best YA science fiction novel), Adam O'Connor is no stranger to trouble. But even Adam can't have predicted the brand of trouble that awaits him when he's yanked to 2345 to attend an historic meeting between humans and the warlike K'lugu and Devlins. Will he display the "grit" that only a select few in his generation possess? Will he become the hero that he is destined to be?

purchase The Game of Worlds at:

Amazon US: paperback and Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon Canada: Kindle ebook and audiobook

Amazon UK: Kindle ebook and audiobook

Barnes & Noble: paperback

IndieBound: paperback

Mysterious Galaxy: paperback

a brief intro to science fiction author DAVID BRIN

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David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More

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Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form. Learn More

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David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research. Learn More

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Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy. Learn More

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Brin speaks plausibly and entertainingly about trends in technology and society to audiences willing to confront the challenges that our rambunctious civilization will face in the decades ahead. He also talks about the field of science fiction, especially in relation to his own novels and stories. To date he has presented at more than 200 meetings, conferences, corporate retreats and other gatherings.Learn More

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Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was cited as one of the top 10 writers the AI elite follow. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

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    why do we write science fiction?

    Forward-peering storytelling is one of the major ways that we turn fear into somethig profoundly practical.
    Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head on.
    The expansion of our horizons of interest may be among the most human of all activities, as we stretch our gaze of curiosity beyod the mere present, the mere town, nation, or even planet.