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Starting out with Sci-Fi

Written on: October 27th, 2009 by: in Blog Posts

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I guess that I can’t say I was too surprised when Lucy hauled home the immortal sci-fi novel Dune from her school library last week- my recollection was that I was in 4th grade when I read it for the first time. It’s an interesting bedtime story to read out loud though- I tried to emphasize the fact that for some novels, the enjoyment comes from being thrown into an unfamiliar world without any authorial exposition, and from discovering the world for oneself in the same way that the characters must.

She’s dabbled in some sci-fi before, but the field is so diverse and sometimes hard to read- I was fortunate to discover this primer from the science-fiction gossip blog io9, which contains some very good recommendations on good titles to introduce young children to the genre. I was particularly excited to see John Christopher’s Tripods trilogy included in the list. I had completely forgotten about this incredible author and his mature, dark, and intelligent adventures.