#14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles

#26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire A Reader's History of Science Fiction

While many early works of proto-sci-fi were satires like Gulliver's Travels, satirical works also appear in modern sci-fi. In this episode, we take a look at the two most famous authors of this subgenre, Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams. Book recommendation: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut's letter to his family during World War II. Other works discussed: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  1. #26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire
  2. #25 – Strange New Worlds
  3. #24 – The New Dystopias
  4. #23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse
  5. #22 – Nuclear War

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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