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    I've recently been reminiscing about the stuff I read in my teens (so early to mid-eighties) and besides consuming the majority of the Doctor Who novelisations the thing to stick in my mind was a series of books about some teenage colonists/convicts shot off into space to fend for themselves the title(s) of which I cannot recall.
    The only thing I remember fully is the male lead was a ginger and was often described as looking fat because of his suit but actually being muscular. I think it was also hinted that he was future scottish. Any ideas?
  2.  (3009.2)
    Don't have any kind of answer for you, but I like the term "future scottish". It's like how the descendants of time-travellers might describe their roots. "Oh, I'm half Future Scottish, half Ancient Mesopotamian."
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2008
    I was recently trying to remember the name of a series of books about teenage convicts sent off to be space colonists. It turns out I was thinking of Douglas Hill's "ColSec" series; I don't know if this is the same one you were thinking of.

    I seem to remember it turning into something like guide to geurilla warfare for ASBOed kids.
  3.  (3009.4)
    as far as future scottish in YA SF books, there was a series (ranger farstar and yonderboy? something like that) that had a culture, the kid's culture, that was scottish highlanders crossed with apache. Geronimo MacTavish, basically. fun books.
  4.  (3009.5)
    Bloody Hell! That's it - The Colsec series (the 'Caves' in the second book swung it, I knew there was something about being underground in one of 'em)! Reading Hill's wiki entry I think I may have gotten on to the 'Last Legionary' stuff too, the 'unbreakable skeleton' seems mighty familiar (what is it with canadians and unbreakable skeletons?). Thanks for that, voyou!
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2008
    Ok, here's another one - bit of a challenge as I can remember very very little of it. The protagonist is a tomboyish late teen (possibly older) girl - she's some sort of freight pilot and was born on a colonised planet without an atmosphere/or spaceship. Anyway, she's never walked unprotected on a planet's surface and when she finally visits Earth she finds it deeply disturbing. That feeling of fragility and nakedness really stuck with me so I'm guessing it was really well written. She also breaks her arm, is unfazed by the pain and fixes it with somesort of mechanical lazer do-hicky, and semi adopts a much younger kid - the usual really. Oh, possibly there was a hint of her getting her end away at some point, but I may have imagined that one in my feverish teenage brain...

    Any ideas? Most of my childhood books were stored at my mother's house in a garage that flooded about 7 years ago - i could only rescue about 20 of them (the other's were unreadibly furry).
  5.  (3009.7)
    I loved me some Last Legionary. Which was suprisingly brutal for a young adult series. I recall the bad guy who had chitin plates that crawled out of his stomach to cover him. And the sheer amount of people the main character crippled and killed along the way.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2008
    I'm going to feel ever so fail for revealing this, but when I was young, I read a series called 'So You Want To Be A Wizard?'

    It was about a girl in school, typical school problems, being unpopular/beat up/puberty/grades. Then some dude appears in her school library and gives her a leather tome. In it is a long oath. She recites it, and becomes part of this big secret magic conspiracy to fight off decay and entropy, which were caused by some prick wizard who did it to take a dump on the works of the other nine wizards responsible for creating life.

    Yes, it was trite, but damn it, I was young. I didn't know good literature.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2008 edited

    shut up, Diane Duane's Young Wizards series is fantastic, and I will fight anyone who says differently. In the very first book the big bad puts out the fucking sun to stop them from reading a book he doesn't want them to read. Any villain that a sentient supermassive stellar object is terrified of is a good villain.
    • CommentAuthorjcfiala
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2008
    Yeah, big ditto in support of the Young Wizards series. It's fantastically good stuff, and has some surprisingly mature moments in the series.

    Plus, no dude appears in the library and gives her the tome - she's hiding in the children's section of the library, and is looking (with a certain amount of nostalgia) at the 'So you want to be a...' series of books when she notices the 'So you Want To Be a Wizard' volume, which she'd never seen before. Taking it home, she discovers that it's a real book on magic, and starts to experiment with it.
  6.  (3009.11)
    Got another one for your collective brains!
    A teen Sci Fi book (or books) made into an '80's Children's BBC series about an alien called 'Bond' sent to earth on a mission/as a right of passage incarnated as a teenage boy. He is sent along with his sister(?) who's earth form is a hand held transistor radio and has "Danny's Trannie" type abilities. I remember the alien being makeup being the alien nation style bald head and no ears but with no nose as well, their outfits being sparkly high collar affairs. Any ideas?
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008 edited
    I'm unsure that either the Tom Swift or the Danny Dunn series of books count as young adult - I think they're aimed a bit younger - but I loved the hell out of them when I was a wee one. Despite the quaint anachronisms in Tom Swift since they were written decades before I was born.
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    I chanced upon the Will Shetterly books, Elsewhere and Nevernever, right when they came out, and remember having a good time. They were part of Terri Windling's Borderland shared universe, and as such were reasonably early to the Urban Fantasy with Some Interesting Tech party. I haven't read them in a looooong time, so I don't know how well they'd hold up, but I know there was some awesome writing about magic, a fantastically diverse and interesting urban culture, and the teenagers felt like teenagers. I should look for these again.
  7.  (3009.14)
    Has anyone read any of Lloyd Alexander's works other than the Prydain stuff.

    I LOVED The Black Cauldron and the other Prydain books when I was a kid, I've seriously considered picking up a bunch of his later works.
  8.  (3009.15)
    Anyone old enough to remember the Kemlo books, or the Hugh Walters books?
    • CommentAuthorJo
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008 edited
    There were a bunch of old Kemlo books hanging around a room in my gran's house from when the younger uncles were kids, but I never got hooked. Picked one up, couldn't get into it. I think I just hit them at the wrong time (too late?), because that's the same room that gave me battered copies of the old full-size Tintin books, and I fucking devoured those.
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    I read a series called Animorphs, and remember it being engaging. It was about a alien race who comes to earth and bestows the power to change into different animals on some teenagers. They then have to go and fight the the evil brain controlling aliens. I wish I still owned them because I would probably read them over.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    There were a lot of juvie series in the school library when I was growing up. Most of them were in print but not current . . . maybe 1960s and 1950s vintage. The one I remember was the "Dannie Dunn" books. I always thought of them as a bit lame, because although there was all sorts of Big Science stuff going on (moon shots, signals from other stars), they never really changed anything. Um, I guess you could say the science stuff was a maguffin, around which standard spy and adventure stuff was woven.

    When I was in elementary school, the school book fair offered a bunch of reprints of old SF juveniles. They had "standardized" covers but were by different authors. I seem to remember a griffin on the cover . . . maybe that was the imprint.

    One was a one-off, as far as I know; a Cold War in Space adventure about a crew of guys guarding an entire asteroid made of thorium.

    The others were a series. In the first one couple of brothers team up with a street kid to find the latter's missing father. He turns up on a lost asteroid with a city inside. In a later installment, they go to Mercury, which has a civilization of little people living in the twilight zone between the hot and dark sides. (In the olden days, Mercury was face locked to the sun.)

    In college, I found another installment; a soft of knock-off of Farmer in the Sky where some folks were trying to settle on a moon of Jupiter. A friend says there's a final book set on Pluto (?) involving another lost civilization.
  9.  (3009.19)
    i remember a series about some kids who, whenever they went on a mission all time on earth stopped. one of their excursions included a trip to WW 2 germany i think.
    very vague i know. anyone have a possible clue?
    • CommentTimeAug 6th 2008
    There was a British TV series which got novelised into two or three books. The main character was an unladylike young lady by the name of Marmalade. I think the books were called Educating Marmalade and Danger, Marmalade at Work. I think the TV series starred Charlotte Coleman. Oh...just found out she died of an asthma attack in 2001...sad now...