#28 – Children’s Sci-Fi in the New Wave

Writer's History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Dr. Benjamin Stevens is a professor of classical studies who researches the relationship between the ancient/classical tradition and science fiction and fantasy. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss what makes sci-fi distinctive, classicism and modernity, ancient aliens, and more. Dr. Steven's profile. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, ed. by Brett Rogers and Benjamin Stevens. Dr. Steven's book recommendations: The Just City/Thessaly Trilogy by Jo Walton Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
  1. Writer's History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview
  2. #28 – Children's Sci-Fi in the New Wave
  3. #27 – Feminist Science Fiction
  4. Writer's History #2 – Kira Leigh Interview
  5. #26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire

Children’s science fiction was still an unusual and peripheral category during the New Wave, but it did produce some important new classics. In this episode, we explore the highlights of what kids were reading during this time.

Book recommendations:
For upper elementary and middle school: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
For lower elementary: The Iron Giant/The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Farah Mendelsohn on children’s sci-fi.
My post about A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Other books and authors mentioned:
Andre Norton
The Tripods trilogy by John Christopher
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Check out this episode!

About Alex R. Howe

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