Young Adult Science Fiction (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Young Adult Science Fiction (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)

C. W. Sullivan III

At the shut of the 19th century, American youths constructed a growing to be curiosity in electrical energy and its functions, machines, and gadgetry. while authors and publishers famous the level of this curiosity in expertise, they sought to create examining fabrics that will meet this marketplace want. the end result used to be technology fiction written in particular for teenagers. whereas critics tended to overlook younger grownup technology fiction for many years, they steadily got here to acknowledge its useful and cultural worth. technological know-how fiction encouraged many teens to review technology and engineering and helped foster technological innovation. while, those works additionally explored cultural and social matters more often than not linked to severe literature. Nor was once younger grownup technology fiction a specifically American phenomenon: authors in different nations likewise wrote technology fiction for younger grownup readers. This booklet examines younger grownup technological know-how fiction within the U.S. and a number of other international locations and explores matters critical to the genre.

The first a part of the booklet treats the bigger contexts of younger grownup technological know-how fiction and contains chapters on its historical past and improvement. integrated are discussions of technology fiction for teens within the U.S. and in Canada, nice Britain, Germany, and Australia. those chapters are written via professional participants and chart the background of younger grownup technological know-how fiction from the 19th century to the current. the second one portion of the publication considers issues of unique curiosity to younger grownup technology fiction. a few of the chapters examine specific varieties and expressions of technology fiction, akin to movies and comedian books. Others deal with specific issues, reminiscent of the portrayal of girls in Robert Heinlein's works and representations of struggle in younger grownup technology fiction. yet one more bankruptcy reviews the younger grownup technology fiction novel as a coming-of-age tale and therefore is helping distinguish the style from technology fiction written for grownup readers. All chapters mirror present examine, and the amount concludes with broad bibliographies.

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