- File Size: 930 KB
- Print Length: 279 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: E-Robot Science Fiction (March 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RPMZNY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,159,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All the stories have young protagonists for whom the crises and decision-points in the story have life-long consequences.
"Prayer for a Dead Paramecium" is one of the most moving short stories I've ever read. It touches upon the mystery and sacredness of life, and I can find no greater compliment than the one described in Frederick's introduction to the story. A young medical officer returning from Iraq, having seen the human costs of war, wrote to Frederick to tell him how moved he was by this story.
Another thing I like about the stories is the varieties of science and technology displayed. For example, "Yearning for the White Avenger" deals with animal language. But with one animal (a parrot) translating for another (a dog.)
"Yearning for the White Avenger" deals with an abusive parent, but not in any over-the-top grisly way.
"A Boy and his Bicycle" deals with the technology of a robotic bicycle. But it touches upon the deeper issues of parental evasion of responsibility.
"Deep Flows the River of Time" is a time travel story, once again, about parenting, but this time a man gets to try to influence his own childhood for the better. However, severe complications arise. This one had me guessing how it would end right up to the finish.
"Leonid Skies" is a humorous satire of the effect of too much "mediated reality" upon the young.
I can't recommend Carl Frederick enough, and I'll certainly let my kids read this e-book.
Avenger," a re-imagining of Saki's "Sredni Vashtar" that made me both laugh and cry. I highly recommend SCIENCE FICTION WITH KIDS as a great introduction to the genius of Carl Frederick.