#14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles

#36 – Alternate History A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Alternate histories, where events in the past unfolded differently, are a fairly new genre, but it's made large strides since it first became popular in the 80s. In this episode, we look at an overview of these works. Book recommendation: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. My companion blog post on The Calculating Stars. Other books discussed: The Domination by S. M. Stirling "The Road Not Taken", The Guns of the South and Harry Turtledove in general. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
  1. #36 – Alternate History
  2. Writer's History #5 – Annie Geever Interview
  3. #35 – Time Travel Part II: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
  4. #34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics
  5. #33 – Military Science Fiction

Robert Heinlein was one of the first major authors to write science fiction specifically for children. In this episode, we explore how he did it and what sets him apart from his contemporaries in this area, along with the other classic children’s sci-fi books up through the golden age.

Book recommendation: Have Spacesuit–Will Travel

Other books mentioned:
The Tom Swift Series
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Grumbles from the Grave, Chapter 3
John J. Miller on Starship Troopers
Adam Gopnik on The Little Prince
Farah Mendlesohn on children’s sci-fi
Alec Nevala-Lee on Heinlein’s writing

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1 Response to #14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles

  1. Tom Bridgman says:

    Nice episode that brought back some old memories.
    I hate to admit I never read any of the Heinlein juveniles, but I did read some of Asimov’s “Lucky Starr” series.
    Another children’s series from the 1950s-60s was the Mushroom planet series by Eleanor Cameron (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_Cameron).
    Another not quite sci-fi is “Hold Zero!” by Jean Craighead George about some kids involved in model rocketry (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12575200-hold-zero).

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