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The Right Kind of Curiosity
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society and Media Production - KSM. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3259-9754
2019 (English)In: Fafnir - Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, ISSN 2342-2009, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 110-117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this reflection, the author examines Tenfjord and Oxaal’s popular Norwegian children’s novel Jens krysser himmelrommet (Jens Crosses Space), published in 1954, as an exceptional case among typical juvenile novels of the time, in that it portrayed in moral terms both the practice of science and the attitudes and attributes of scientists. He argues that in the early (and politically charged) days of the space race, this novel was unusual in offering young readers moral and intellectual models that aimed to encourage them to move beyond a simplistic enjoyment of science fiction for children to the rigors of mature scientific exploration.

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Juvaskyla, Finland: Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research , 2019. Vol. 6, no 1, p. 110-117
Keywords [en]
Science fiction, the Cold War, Progress, Spaceflight
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-160202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-160202DiVA, id: diva2:1350162
Available from: 2019-09-10 Created: 2019-09-10 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved

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