Young People Read Old SFF

The Reviews

Allamagoosa - Cover Image

Allamagoosa

Eric Frank Russell

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight - Cover Image

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight

Xia Jia

By The Waters of Babylon - Cover Image

By The Waters of Babylon

Stephen Vincent Benét

The Machine Stops - Cover Image

The Machine Stops

E. M. Forster

Fire Watch - Cover Image

Fire Watch

Connie Willis

Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand - Cover Image

Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand

Vonda N. McIntyre

Houston, Houston, Do You Read? - Cover Image

Houston, Houston, Do You Read?

James Tiptree, Jr.

View From a Height - Cover Image

View From a Height

Joan D.Vinge

When It Changed - Cover Image

When It Changed

Joanna Russ

The Rule of Names - Cover Image

The Rule of Names

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Rose for Ecclesiastes - Cover Image

A Rose for Ecclesiastes

Roger Zelazny

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell - Cover Image

The Ballad of Lost C'Mell

Cordwainer Smith

The Smiling Future - Cover Image

The Smiling Future

Miriam Allen de Ford

Baby, You Were Great - Cover Image

Baby, You Were Great

Kate Wilhelm

The Menace from Earth - Cover Image

The Menace from Earth

Robert A. Heinlein

Flowers for Algernon - Cover Image

Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

A Pail of Air - Cover Image

A Pail of Air

Fritz Leiber

The Snowball Effect - Cover Image

The Snowball Effect

Katherine MacLean

All Summer in a Day - Cover Image

All Summer in a Day

Ray Bradbury

Superiority - Cover Image

Superiority

Arthur C. Clarke

With Folded Hands - Cover Image

With Folded Hands

Jack Williamson

That Only a Mother - Cover Image

That Only a Mother

Judith Merril

Desertion - Cover Image

Desertion

Clifford D. Simak

Vintage Season  - Cover Image

Vintage Season

Lawrence O'Donnell (C.L. Moore)

Nightfall - Cover Image

Nightfall

Isaac Asimov

A Martian Odyssey - Cover Image

A Martian Odyssey

Stanley G. Weinbaum

Who Goes There? - Cover Image

Who Goes There?

Don A. Stuart (John W. Campbell)

What's Going On Here, Anyway?

Young People Read Old SF was inspired by something award-winning author Adam-Troy Castro said on Facebook.

nobody discovers a lifelong love of science fiction through Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein anymore, and directing newbies toward the work of those masters is a destructive thing, because the spark won't happen. You might as well advise them to seek out Cordwainer Smith or Alan E. Nourse—fine tertiary avenues of investigation, even now, but not anything that's going to set anybody's heart afire, not from the standing start. Won't happen.

This is a testable hypothesis! I've rounded up a pool of younger people who have agreed to let me expose them to classic works of science fiction1 and assembled a list of older works I think still have merit. Each month my subjects will read and react to those stories; I will then post the results to this site. Hilarity will doubtless ensue!


1. I picked 1980 as my cut-off year for old-timey since it is mid-way between 2016 and 1945, while still being recent enough to cover the New Wave and the great wave of women writers in the 1960s and 1970s. It is also well before any of my volunteers were born.