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Best Science Fiction/Fantasy for 8 Year Olds

Jason Levine (196982) writes | about 2 years ago

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Jason Levine (196982) writes "My son is 8 years old. I'd love to get him interested in Science Fiction, but most of the books I can think of seem to be targeted to older kids/adults.

Thinking that the length of some novels might be off-putting to him, I read him some of the short stories in Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot". He liked these but I could tell he was having a hard time keeping up. I think the wording of the stories was too advanced and there was too much talking and not enough action. Personally, I love Asimov, but I think much of it just went over his head.

Which science fiction and/or fantasy books would you recommend for an 8 year old? (Either stories he could read himself or that we could read together over the course of a few weeks.)"

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Heinlein juveniles (3, Insightful)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 years ago | (#40384591)

Robert Heinlein had a good series of juveniles, as did Arthur C Clarke, though maybe both were just a bit much for an 8 year old. Still, they're closer to age-appropriate than "I Robot." Come to think of it, Isaac Asimov also had the "Lucky Starr" series, which were aimed at juveniles.

Re:Heinlein juveniles (1)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | about 2 years ago | (#40385151)

this, I remember enjoying quite a bit "Farmer in the sky" by Heinlein when I read it around maybe 10-11? 8 might be a bit young but if you read it with him it should be ok I would think.

thought (2)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#40384809)

I don't believe it is the difficulty in the books, but the older prose and style that makes it harder to understand. When I started reading Asimov at 15, it took me a bit to learn the 60-year old writing style.

Depending on how mature he is, I would recommend Ender's Game. Yes, the subjects are heavy but the prose is simple and the story is about other people his age.

Tom Swift and Others (1)

Quantus347 (1220456) | about 2 years ago | (#40385817)

Any Tom Swift would be a good intro to SF. There is a series every generation or so. I had a series, my dad had another (which mine referenced now and then in a cameo type way) and even one from the turn of the century with stories like Tom Swift and his Electric Train or Tom Swift and his Moving Pictures, whereas my series (the forth) dealt with hoverboards, alternate dimensions, AI, and genetic engineering. The new series says it stays a little closer to current science. I highly recommend this to any child SciFi fan. It it what so firmly convinced me that Today's Science Fiction is Tomorrow's Science Fact
Ender's Game is mature in theme but not really difficult.
Animorphs was a great SF series of 50 or so books from the 90's. Damn good and surprisingly deep at times, but still a Scholastic published series.
The Dresden Files are a fantastic Urban Fantasy series about a smart ass wizard working as a PI in Chicago
For Fantasy I could say:
The Fionavar Tapestry is one of the best trilogies out there, written by the guy Tolkien got to write the Simmarilion (though he is much, much better when writing his own stuff)
Codex Alera is a great High fantasy about a Roman society with Elementals that grant them powers, by the same author as the Dresden Files.
The Dragonriders of Pern is a Classic
RA Salvatore and others that write in the Forgotten Realms shared universe are pretty good overall.

There are many many others I could name, but those are a good start

Pratchet (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about 2 years ago | (#40385865)

Dunno about SciFi but fantasy wise Terry Pratchet has written quite a bit for both grown-ups & children.

Jack Vance (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 2 years ago | (#40386511)

I highly recommend Jack Vance's fantasy series (plural), because Vance loved to toss around words, and he was great at making up plausible names for things. I made a game out of some of his books. If I didn't know a word, I would look it up. If I found it, I learned something. If I didn't it was just one of his made-up names, and it was time to move on in the story.

His fantasies tend to be somewhat lighter-themed than his science fiction, which I might recommend if he were a bit older.

Vance is probably my favorite author. He is now in his 90s, blind, and working on what he says will be his last book.

Tom Swift series - liked as a kid (1)

mrflash818 (226638) | about 2 years ago | (#40389171)

Probably out of print, but might be able to find as used books from Powells' and such.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Swift [wikipedia.org]

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