Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People

Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People

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In this new book, Noga Applebaum surveys science fiction novels published for children and young adults from 1980 to the present, exposing the anti-technological bias existing within a genre often associated with the celebration of technology. Applebaum argues that perceptions of technology as a corrupting force, particularly in relation to its use by young people, are a manifestation of the enduring allure of the myth of childhood innocence and result in young-adult fiction that endorses a technophobic agenda. This agenda is a form of resistance to the changing face of childhood and technologya€™s contribution to this change. Further, Applebaum contends that technophobic literature disempowers its young readers by implying that the technologies of the future are inherently dangerous, while it neglects to acknowledge childrena€™s complex, yet pleasurable, interactions with technology today. The study looks at works by well-known authors including M.T. Anderson, Monica Hughes, Lois Lowry, Garth Nix, and Philip Reeve, and explores topics such as ecology, cloning, the impact of technology on narrative structure, and the adult-child hierarchy. While focusing on the popular genre of science fiction as a useful case study, Applebaum demonstrates that negative attitudes toward technology exist within childrena€™s literature in general, making the book of considerable interest to scholars of both science fiction and childrena€™s literature.Noga Applebaum. In the following pages I explore the impact of this change through discussing the representations of technology in a medium wherein information aimed at young people is still mediated almost entirely by adults: the childrena#39;sanbsp;...

Title:Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People
Author:Noga Applebaum
Publisher:Routledge - 2009-09-10


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