Young People Read Old SFF

Young People Read Old Science Fiction: Rediscovery!

James Nicoll

Young People Read Old SFF

22 Aug, 2019

The next phase of Young People Read Old Science Fiction focuses on a single reference text, Journey Press’s upcoming Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (19581963) (Available August 30th). To quote from Journey Press’ site: 

The Silver Age of Science Fiction saw a wealth of compelling speculative tales — and women authors wrote some of the best of the best. Yet the stories of this era, especially those by women, have been largely unreprinted, unrepresented, and unremembered. 
Until now. 
Volume one of REDISCOVERY represents a historic first: fourteen selections of the best science fiction of the Silver Age, written by the unsung women authors of yesteryear and introduced by today’s rising stars. Join us and rediscover these lost treasures. 
Female authors wrote stories about coming of age…cautionary tales…stories set beyond our universe… You’ll find these themes and more in this anthology. I hope that as you read their stories you don’t try to ferret out feminine’ versus masculine’ elements. What you are about to read is really good science fiction, plain and simple. I certainly enjoyed the journey and have every expectation that you shall, too.” ‑from the Foreword by Dr. Laura Brodian Freas Beraha 

Stories featured in the anthology: 

Unhuman Sacrifice” (1958) by Katherine MacLean 

Wish Upon a Star” (1958) by Judith Merril 

A Matter of Proportion” (1959) by Anne Walker 

The White Pony” (1960) by Jane Rice 

Step IV” (1960) by Rosel George Brown 

Of All Possible Worlds (1961) by Rosel George Brown 

Satisfaction Guaranteed” (1961) by Joy Leache 

The Deer Park” (1962) by Maria Russell 

To Lift a Ship” (1962) by Kit Reed 

The Putnam Tradition” (1963) by Sonya Hess Dorman 

The Pleiades” (1963) by Otis Kidwell Burger 

No Trading Voyage” (1963) by Doris Pitkin Buck 

Cornie on the Walls” (1963) by Sidney van Scyoc 

Unwillingly to School” (1958) by Pauline Ashwell 

I am looking for reviewers born after about 1980. The deadline for application is September 1st, with a target date for the inaugural Young People Read Old Science Fiction: Rediscovery! post of October 1. If you are interested, please contact me at jdnicoll at panix dot com. 

Where previous phases have involved each contributor working on their own, this chapter will feature a round table approach. Each contributor will be provided by me with a copy of the ebook.