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

Techno-thrillers are a surprisingly fuzzy category that sits at the border of sci-fi and suspense. In this episode, I give an overview of the subgenre and the different ways it can be classified. Book recommendation: Delta-v by Daniel Suarez Sam Boush on the categories of techno-thrillers. My review of Delta-v. Other books discussed: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  1. S2E8: Techno-Thrillers
  2. S2E7: Catch-Up Episode #3: Marvel Movies
  3. S2E6: Anime Science Fiction
  4. S2E5: Paul Frommer Interview
  5. S2E4: Catch-Up Episode #2: Monster Movies

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

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About Alex R. Howe

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