#14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles

#14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles A Reader’s History of 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
  1. #14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles
  2. #13 – Isaac Asimov Part II: Robots
  3. #12 – Isaac Asimov Part I
  4. #11 – John W. Campbell and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi
  5. #10 – Stapledon and Lewis

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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I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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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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