Back in the Spaceship Again: Juvenile Science Fiction Series by Karen Sands, Marietta Frank

By Karen Sands, Marietta Frank

A lot literature for kids seems to be within the kind of sequence, within which widely used characters seem in booklet after booklet. within the past due 19th and early 20th century, authors started to write technology fiction sequence for kids. those early sequence often had plots that revolved round innovations constructed by way of the protagonist. however it was once the improvement and use of rocket and atomic technology in the course of international conflict II that lead the way for attention-grabbing and intriguing new topics, conflicts, and plots. whereas a lot has been written concerning the early juvenile technology fiction sequence, really the Tom speedy books, relatively little has been written approximately kid's technology fiction sequence released for the reason that 1945. This ebook presents a extensive evaluation of this formerly overlooked subject. the amount deals a serious examine the heritage, topics, characters, settings, and building of post-1945 juvenile technological know-how fiction sequence, together with the A.I. Gang, the Animorphs, Commander Toad, Danny Dunn, Dragonfall 5, the Magic tuition Bus, and house Cat. The ebook starts off with an introductory heritage of stripling technological know-how fiction for the reason that 1945, with chapters then dedicated to specific issues. a few of these themes contain the function of extraterrestrial beings and animals, attitudes towards humor, the absence and presence of technology, and the characterization of girls. a different characteristic is an appendix directory a number of the sequence. additionally, the amount offers vast bibliographical info.

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However, this is not explored in any depth. In this book, there is no difference between Tom's robot and any of his other inventions. Any of those could have been put to evil purposes if they had fallen into the wrong hands. As with all of Tom's inventions, the robots serve the purpose of allowing Tom to save the day. The child reader is able to live Tom's adventures and enjoy his success. 2. It is not that Jack is impolite. " At one point, when Jack is frustrated by the fact that Danny One is not a human, he answers his mother with: "'No, Ma'am,' 1 said, just the way Danny said it.

The most nefarious of all the early series in terms of its attitudes toward women is Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr scries (1952-1958). In the first of these, David Starr, Space Ranger, the only woman mentioned at all is Starr's dead mother, and only briefly. She is joined by only one other female in the course of six books; Asimov does not even include the usually requisite secretaries or girlfriends. Lucky Starr, who, unlike Tom Swift, Jr. or Rick Brant, has no family, values independence more than other series heroes.

In an article dealing with the colonization of children, Perry Nodelman refers to Jacqueline Rose's work The Case for Peter Pan: Or the Impossibility of Children's Fiction, who "suggests we write books for children to provide them with values and with images of themselves we approve of and feel comfortable with. By and large, we encourage in children those values and behaviors that make children easier for us to handle: more passive, more docile, more obedient—and thus, more in need of our guidance and more willing to accept the need for it" (30).

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