Science Fiction for Young Readers

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Charles William Sullivan
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 214 pages
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In this collection of essays, authorities on a wide range of topics related to science fiction discuss themes and works of special interest to young readers. The first section includes chapters on the origins of science fiction as a genre for young people, and containes essays on Victor Appleton's "Tom Swift" series and the contributions of Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Madeleine L'Engle. The second section looks beyond the origins of science fiction to particular works and authors. The chapters in this section approach authors and their works from particular thematic perspectives and thus show how particular themes bind together and define the body of an author's writings. The third section, on science fiction as a vehicle for ideas, looks beyond the literary features of the genre. Chapters in this section discuss science fiction as a means for conveying religious, philosophical, and social messages.

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C. W. SULLIVAN III is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English at East Carolina University.

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