Young Adult Science Fiction

By C. W. Sullivan Iii | Go to book overview

6
Australian Science Fiction
for Children and Adolescents:
1940–1990

John Foster

In a paper she delivered on children’s science fiction in Sydney, Australia, in 1972, the author Lilith Norman concluded: “I don’t know if I have given you much of an insight into sf for the younger reader. The paddock is so bare, just a scraggly tussock here and there, that I feel I have been padding to fill out the time allotted” (116). Had she been discussing only Australian science fiction (SF) for the younger reader, that paddock would have appeared to be quite drought-stricken, with those last few blades withered and brown for, in her talk, Norman did not mention a single local title.

This, for three reasons, seems surprising. First, Australia has been at the forefront, even if often only as a launching site, of rockets and satellite vehicles since the dawn of the Space Age. Second, science fiction novels for Australian children were published in 1944 and 1946, prior to the publication of Robert A. Heinlein’s Rocket Ship Galileo, which Sheila Egoff calls the “first clearly identifiable work of science fiction for children” (134), in 1947. Third, there was a tradition of science fiction stories in locally produced comic books dating back to the beginning of that decade, although these local publications disappeared when the wartime ban on imported comic books was lifted and, worse, television was introduced.


THE 1940s

Through Space to the Planets (1944) and Rangers of the Universe (1946), both written by Winifred Law, are of historical interest, even if they might not pass EgofFs test for true science fiction stories. The protagonists are a twentyone-year-old spaceship pilot and his two young brothers, one of whom acciden

-85-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Young Adult Science Fiction
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 250

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.