The Inter-galactic Playground (häftad)
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Short-listed for Hugo Award (Related Book) 2010
McFarland & Co Inc
Palumbo, Donald E. (series ed.)/Sullivan, C. W. (series ed.)/Palumbo, Donald E. (series ed.)/Sullivan, C. W. (series ed.)
bibliography, index
228 x 152 x 19 mm
385 g
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The Inter-galactic Playground (häftad)

The Inter-galactic Playground

A Critical Study of Children's and Teens' Science Fiction

Häftad, Engelska, 2009-05-26
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Science fiction is often considered the genre of ideas and imagination, which would seem to make it ideal for juveniles and young adults; however, the ideas are often dispensed by adults. This book considers the development of science fiction for children and teens between 1950 and 2010, exploring why it differs from science fiction aimed at adults. In a broader sense, this critical examination of 400 texts sheds light on changing attitudes toward children and teenagers, toward science education, and toward the authors' expectations and sociological views of their audience.
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"It is always stimulating to read a book that challenges received wisdomin this case the facile assumption that young people do not enjoy fiction which also provides them with information. Basing her judgment on her own experience and a large-scale informal survey of sf readers, Mendlesohn recognizes a cohort of 'reading children' who welcome the scientific knowledge that they can acquire from books such as those she identifies in her final chapter as demonstrating 'best practice' in areas such as genre values and structure. An impressive feature of this work is the very extensive range of books discussed, making it an essential text for anyone researching this area. The treatment of gender is particularly interesting, and there is also an appendix dealing with picturebooks. The book is also very readable, combining critical flair with individual and often original perceptions"Pat Pinsent, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, Roehampton University -- Pat Pinsent, Senior Research Fellow "Pat Pinsent, Senior Research Fellow" "an important evaluation of a mostly overlooked aspect of science fiction...recommended"--Choice; "there is so much to like about Farah Mendlesohn"s new book on science fiction for children and teens that it is hard to know where to begin: with her thesis (which is original and important), her research (which is well-informed and extensive)...(which are timely and necessary)...a valuable contribution to the field"--Science Fiction Studies; "Very extensive range of books discussed...essential...the treatment of gender is particularly interesting...very readable, combining critical flair with individual and often original perceptions"--Pat Pinsent, National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, Roehampton University; "Following the recent resurgence in quality science fiction for young people, The Inter-Galactic Playground is a timely re-evaluation of a misunderstood sub-genre...passionately argued and jargon-free."--Stephen Baxter, author of H-Bomb Girl; "If there's anything you want to know about science fiction for children and young adults, you will find it here. Mendlesohn is a tireless researcher and an engaging writer."--Pat Cadigan, winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award; "Thoughtful and carefully detailed...reveals how culturally powerful assumptions about children and about the nature and purpose of their literature have led writers of science fiction for young audiences over the last half-century to reshape, undermine, and subvert the key themes, structures and ideological biases most often found in science fiction intended for adults...has much to teach anyone interested in the conventions of children's and young adult literature."--Perry Nodelman; author of The Pleasures of Children's Literature; "Combines reader surveys, extensive literature review, and a distillation of the fights waged on kids-literature mailing lists, synthesizing them into a deep, intelligent, and engrossing read."--Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother.

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Farah Mendlesohn teaches science fiction and fantasy literature at Middlesex University in London. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is also in the English department at East Carolina University.