By Karen Sands, Marietta Frank
A lot literature for kids seems to be within the kind of sequence, during which widely used characters look in ebook after publication. within the past due 19th and early 20th century, authors started to write technology fiction sequence for kids. those early sequence mostly had plots that revolved round innovations constructed via the protagonist. however it was once the improvement and use of rocket and atomic technology in the course of international warfare II that prepared the ground for fascinating and interesting new issues, conflicts, and plots. whereas a lot has been written in regards to the early juvenile technological know-how fiction sequence, rather the Tom rapid books, relatively little has been written approximately kid's technological know-how fiction sequence released considering the fact that 1945. This e-book offers a huge assessment of this formerly missed subject. the quantity bargains a serious examine the heritage, topics, characters, settings, and development of post-1945 juvenile technological know-how fiction sequence, together with the A.I. Gang, the Animorphs, Commander Toad, Danny Dunn, Dragonfall 5, the Magic institution Bus, and house Cat. The booklet starts off with an introductory historical past of stripling technology fiction due to the fact that 1945, with chapters then dedicated to specific subject matters. a few of these issues comprise the position of extraterrestrial beings and animals, attitudes towards humor, the absence and presence of technology, and the characterization of ladies. a unique characteristic is an appendix directory a number of the sequence. additionally, the quantity presents large bibliographical details.
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Even though the robots are free from their "masters," they are not really free. Ann Two would like to be able to enjoy nature and be free from fear, but as long as they are fugitives, they are not free. Also, while they have left one master, they have gained another in Jeff. 8. Isaac Asimov's name must appear in any serious study of robots in science fiction. " In fact, Morton Klass in "The Artificial Alien: Transformations of the Robot in Science Fiction" suggests that Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" played a role in changing attitudes and fears toward robots and thus their portrayals as possible destroyers of humanity.
One of the most frequently employed methods of making the strange more familiar in children's science fiction series involves a connection to the natural world. Barn animals and pets go on space journeys in the Matthew Looney series, the Space Ship series, and the Miss Pickerell series. These animals function in a fashion similar to Toto in The Wizard of Oz, as described by Elliott Gose: they act as the main character's "shadow, dumb and instinctive, unsocialized, an important initiator of adventures" (91).
As Adam proves, if it is an intelligence properly schooled, it will not allow itself to be controlled but will make its own independent decisions. If it has the ability to make its independent decisions, then what will this mean for the future of humankind? Will humans continue to govern themselves or be governed by a more powerful and more intelligent entity? Will this entity become a god? Is this more powerful and more intelligent entity the next step on the evolutionary ladder, and will humans become unnecessary and useless?