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Young People Read Old SFF

James Davis Nicoll started the “Young People Read Old SFF” project in response to an assertion by author Adam-Troy Castro that the classics of the SFF field are unlikely to inspire a life-long love of the genre in modern readers. The first iteration of the project presented young-ish readers (born after 1980) with older works in the genre, such as Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life,” Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild,” and Daniel Keyes’s “Flowers for Algernon.”

Nicoll followed this up with a more focused version of the project. The readers in this new group would be looking at stories from Journey Press’s anthology Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958-1963). I’m one of the readers for this part of the project, and so far we’ve read and discussed two stories: Katherine MacLean’s “Unhuman Sacrifice” and Judith Merril’s “Wish Upon a Star.”

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