[SFRA-L] Question for the Hive Mind
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Fri Mar 11 13:00:16 EST 2011
The first science fiction book I read was _The Wonderful Flight to
the Mushroom Planet_ by Eleanor somebody (I think). It was a
children's book that got me hooked on science fiction. The sequels
were pretty good, too. The first fantasy book I really liked was
_Harold and the Purple Crayon_ (really). Heinlein's young people's
novels were also excellent. I read _Starship Troopers_ in the third
grade and loved it. Among my favorites are also _Podkayne of Mars_,
_Between Planets_, _Have Spacesuit, Will Travel_, and _Tunnel in the
Sky_. Asimov's _Lucky Starr_ books are also very good young people's
science fiction (he was writing as Paul French).
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Quoting "Curtis, Silvio L" <curtissi at Grinnell.EDU>:
> Until I started college three years ago, I lived in a rural
> community in Costa Rica with a mostly English library (lots of
> people moved there from the U.S. in the 50s) and had no significant
> Internet access or skills until I was into high school. The library
> has lots of science fiction and I got started reading it probably
> before I was 7. It hadn't occurred to me before that I'm lucky to
> have had any sf and fantasy around, but I guess maybe I was. Not
> much was written for children, though. In fact, I still haven't
> encountered very much science fiction written for children, and less
> that I've liked very much. That last experience contrasts pretty
> strongly with fantasy, and I often wonder about it.
> Certainly I'm one more for which the statistic under discussion
> doesn't ring true at all. I read a lot from as soon as I knew how,
> and though my tastes have broadened a little since I was 13 what I
> liked then is basically what I like now.
> Silvio Curtis
> From: sfra-l-bounces at wiz.cath.vt.edu
> [sfra-l-bounces at wiz.cath.vt.edu] on behalf of ecbogle
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> Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 2:58 PM
> To: sfra-l at charlemagne.cddc.vt.edu
> Subject: Re: [SFRA-L] Question for the Hive Mind
> I spent my first four years of elementary school in a town of 500,
> and grades 5-12 in one of 2700 in NW Iowa. Both had libraries, but
> I don't think either of them knew anything about science fiction.
> But Everly's library had all, or nearly all, the Oz books, and I
> think they were what got me started on "speculative fiction" in the
> very broadest sense. Nobody tried to guide my reading, and it
> wasn't till I was in college kid lit courses that I read such
> classics as The Wind in the Willows, but Oz was an early favorite,
> and I read some books more than once. Then, in Sibley, there was
> a Carnegie Library and I read a non-fiction, an adult fiction, a
> fiction book suited to my age group, and a volume of Harvard
> Classics each time I went, plus, of course, everything in the few
> shelves of books in each classroom. There was no real local
> bookstore, but there was a magazine and paper-back book shop, and
> that's where I found my first real science fiction, Astounding, and
> later F&SF. After that I saved whatever money I could from my
> allowance and from odd jobs for the paperbacks that began appearing,
> like Ace Doubles.
> I wonder how many children today are growing up in rural areas
> without access to libraries? There even are places without easy
> access to the Web, and if a family is as poor as ours was, the only
> access to a computer may well be at school for very restricted time
> How lucky those of you were who grew up in larger places where there
> actually was access to real sf. I wonder how many of the cuts to
> the school systems and libraries currently going on are going to
> restrict other children to not much more than Oz. Of course, tv
> makes a big difference now, but so many of the tv series and the
> current films are based on special effects rather than plot or
> character, let alone ideas.
> Edra Bogle,
> Retired from Univ. of North Texas where they'd let me teach a class
> in sf maybe once every three years.
> On Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:17:55 +0000 "McKitterick, Chris"
> <cmckit at ku.edu<mailto:cmckit at ku.edu>> writes:
>> I think A Wrinkle in Time got me looking for SF when I was very
>> young, though I loved books on speculative science and the history
>> of science and technology - it feels like SF! The SF that really
>> hooked me at around age 13 appeared in the DAW collections and,
>> later, James Gunn's Road to Science Fiction. Collections such as
>> those led me to the novels, though subscribing to Asimov's and
>> Analog satisfied my love of the short form.
>> Chris McKitterick
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