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

#34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Time travel had a long history in science fiction, but it noticeably ramped up beginning in the 80s. In this episode, we explore some of the classic and iconic time travel stories of recent decades. Book recommendation: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Other works discussed: Timescape by Gregory Benford Eon by Greg Bear Back to the FutureThe TerminatorBill and Ted's Excellent AdventureDoomsday Book by Connie Willis Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger See also the Jimmy Kimmel Back to the Future sketch.
  1. #34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics
  2. #33 – Military Science Fiction
  3. #32 – Galactic Civilizations
  4. #31 – Alien Artifacts and Alien Contact
  5. Writer's History #4 – Daniel Bensen Interview

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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