Saturday, January 22, 2005

Genre Boundaries

Children will love Flyball's story--grown-ups, reading it aloud, will see in it a slight take-off on the popular science fiction trend.
The flyleaf blurb for Space Cat by Ruthven Todd, illustrations by Paul Galdone (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952).


Blogger Karen Traviss said...

What do they mean by "popular science fiction trend"?

Are we a happening genre now? Or is this specific to children's/YA? (Showing my ignorance now, even though my neighbour runs a specialist children's bookstore that I pass at least twice a day.)

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! I got the Space Cat stories when my school library discarded them because "the science was out-of-date." Perhaps they meant the trend was over.

tina connolly

6:13 PM  
Blogger Farah said...

I think the first book is wonderful. I've just re-read it this morning for my notes and I'll post a snippet later. I was less keen on Space Cat and the Kittens because it is more anthropomorphic. What are the others like? Four I believe.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Farah said...

Secondary thought:

It is already starting to look as if I'll be able to trace a trend in terms of when children's sf is published. I'm keeping an excel file which allows me just to skim down the dates, and even on the basis of the first thirty books there are "clusters".

8:11 AM  

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