To listen to our a read along with real teens or find discussion questions about Ender’s Game, please see our Ender’s Game Read Along. Also, to read the stories in our contest, see our Short Story Finalists post. Sci-fi Contest Winner Back when I was in high school, my short story contest submissions were read […]
Two weeks ago Hayley, Joseph, and Abby discussed two inaugural titles from Blink, Zondervan’s new YA title. Today they’re back with two more. Both these novels could be classified as “Dystopian” fiction but they vary widely in setting and style. Let’s get the conversation going: Hayley, could you give us a three-sentence summary of Captives, […]
After burning through the paranormal romance phase (sparked by Twilight) and apocalyptic dystopia (kicked off by The Hunger Games) YA publishing has experienced a resurgence of classic science fiction, with several high-profile titles appearing this year (and, of course, a classic in the YA category of sci-fi hitting the big screen) this month. Two recent […]
***THE GIVEAWAY PART OF THIS POST IS OVER. *** ENDER’S GAME POSTS: Introduction, Week 1: Sci-fi and Orson Scott Card, Week 2: Ender vs Peter, Week 3: Science of the Story, Week 4: Conclusions Also, see our Sci-Fi Writing Contest for Teens and our Sci-Fi Podcast Discussion coming soon. WHY READ ALONG? Ender’s Game (The […]
As Emily informed us yesterday, September is science and science-fiction month, featuring our read-along of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel, Ender’s Game. To celebrate, we’re focusing on youth science fiction this month, starting off with three new YA novels that raise an interesting literary question: what’s the difference between science fiction and fantasy? Most readers […]
It’s Hobbit time at Redeemed Reader! But not 24/7. We plan on alternating our 2-3 Hobbit-related posts/week with reviews of other books, in case you’re looking for something else to read in between. Today, two fantasy/sci-fi novels by Christian authors—hey! Just like The Hobbit. Only not that much: Origin, by Jessica Khoury. Penguin, 2012, 393 […]
Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian, by Eoin Coffer. Hyperion, 2012, 336 pages. Age/interest level: 10-up Teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl first appeared in 2001, and was immediately acclaimed as “another Harry Potter.” This was exaggeration—the author rejected it firmly and rightly. Harry, despite his growing pains and existential struggles, is basically a good kid. Artemis […]
While we’re on the subject of teen dystopian literature, here’s one principle that holds true across the board: the adults are to blame. That’s obviously because the adults were on the scene first, and originated or at least contributed to the mess society finds itself in. What’s usually not stated, but historically proves true, is […]
According to Wikipedia, the term was probably coined by science-fiction writer K. W. Jeter as a humorous variation of cyberpunk—which itself is a type of science fiction described as “high tech/low life.” Steampunk is a blend of sci-fi/alternative-history/speculative fiction with a historical setting (Victorian Britain is typical) but nonhistorical features, such as flying machines, robots, […]
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