#44 – The Children’s Sci-Fi Renaissance

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 pretty sparse historically, but it began to take off in the 1990s. In this episode, we explore how sci-fi for kids has changed and expanded over the most recent generation.

Book recommendations:
Middle grade (ages 8-12): Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Chapter books (ages 6-10): Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
Picture books: How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk

Farah Mendelsohn on children’s sci-fi.
1984 NYTimes article on book fairs.
Frankie Thomas on Animorphs.
K. A. Applegate on reposting her books.

Other books discussed:
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville
Animorphs by K. A. Applegate
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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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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