Amazing Adventures - You know, for kids.
May 16, 2011 7:36 AM Subscribe
Rocket Boys? Kavalier and Clay? All Our Yesterdays...
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The Hive Mind has helped me with my short fiction before -- now I'm writing a book. It's a Young Adult novel set in 1935, based on a true story, in which my lead character gets involved with a rocket plane flight and discovers science fiction fandom... walk-ons include Fred Pohl, Isaac Asimov, and some well-known fans. I have loads of reference (Knight's The Futurians, Asimov's In Memory Yet Green, Merrill's Better to Have Loved, and Harry Warner' Jr's All Our Yesterdays) but want more.
I'd also like to read books like the one I am writing. (Twenty chapters in, now.) I thoroughly enjoyed Homer Hickam's Rocket Boys, about his youthful fascination with rockets. At the same time, while it wasn't strictly for kids, I loved The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. What other books like these, about kids discovering science and/or popular culture, are around? Bonus points for Young Adult titles. (And yes, I already know about Heinlein's juveniles. But other books like those might work, as well.)