Re: Recommendations for Juvenile SF

Date: Mon Sep 10 2001 - 10:01:24 MDT

Aren't books by Heinlein and Asimov going to seem slow and dated to
a young reader today? They were mostly written in the 40s and 50s.
Larry Niven's earlier books would be more accessible hard science fiction,
Ringworld and such. Also the Niven and Pournelle novels, Mote in God's
Eye and Footfall.

David Gerrold has had some success with his recent juveniles, Jumping Off
the Planet, and Bouncing Off the Moon. I haven't read them but these are
"in the tradition of the classic Heinlein juveniles".

I'd suggest Harry Potter, but I'm sure he's already read them.
The latest Potter book won the Hugo this year, a change from the hard
sci-fi of Vinge which won last year. But I liked the line on slashdot:
"Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."

David Brin's Startide Rising is popular. It's got a young character,
plus dolphins and interesting aliens. Then there are a lot of sequels
if he likes it.


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