[SFRA-L] Question for the Hive Mind

Sawyer, Andy A.P.Sawyer at liverpool.ac.uk
Thu Mar 10 12:03:58 EST 2011

I’ve not come across that stat and as has been said it sounds a bit woolly. For a start what does it mean by ‘adult sf’? I wouldn’t give a Neal Stephenson  or Peter F. Hamilton novel to a 10 year old without knowing them well (purely because the size of them would be so daunting!) yet there are certainly kids of 13 who would lap them up.

I remember from Farah’s book that over half of the respondents to her survey had read sf by 9, and 90% by 13, though I’m not sure what the breakdown of people who read sf for adults rather than sf for children is ; I would imagine that there would have been a crossover which itself would be significant for this statement.

I myself came across a great deal of sf published “for adults” in anthologies aimed at children when I was a young (under 12) reader. I also read a vast amount of sf in comics and story papers. But I wouldn’t want to map my experience on an 8 year old of today, who through all sorts of other media will have been exposed to more sf than ever I was.
Andy Sawyer
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From: sfra-l-bounces at wiz.cath.vt.edu [mailto:sfra-l-bounces at wiz.cath.vt.edu] On Behalf Of Gregory T Tidwell
Sent: 09 March 2011 19:11
To: sfra-l at wiz.cath.vt.edu
Subject: [SFRA-L] Question for the Hive Mind

Hi all,

A few years ago I ran across a statistic somewhere that said that children who encounter adult SF sometime after their thirteenth year were significantly more likely to continue to read in the genre then those younger then thirteen who encontered it.  I cannot remember where I saw that statistic, or even if I am remembering the age cut-off correctly.  It may have been at a convention talk that I heard it.  Is this ringing any bells with anyone?  If that bell done rang, know what the source is?

Why is this important?  I mentioned this on a board I run, and it has generated some conversation.  I'd like to be able to present the source.  Plus I have an eight year old boy who is expressing an interest, and I want to put some thought into how to properly introduce him to the genre.  Any comments on that would also be welcome.


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