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Deconstructing the StarshipsScience, Fiction and Reality$
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Gwyneth Jones

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853237839.001.0001

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My Crazy Uncles: C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as Writers for Children

My Crazy Uncles: C.S. Lewis and Tolkien as Writers for Children

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Deconstructing the Starships

Gwyneth Jones


‘My Crazy Uncles’ was originally read at a meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society in June 1994, and later published in the New York Review of Science Fiction in November 1995. It provides a retrospective discussion on the speaker’s first introduction to science fiction through imaginary worlds in children’s literature. The essay analyses the conventions and tropes used in children’s fiction and describes the ways in which they work together to ‘convince’ the reader of alternative realities. Jones also describes her own joy of reading as a child and reflects on the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings series’ influence on her writing.

Keywords:   English Literature, Literary Criticism, Science Fiction, Fantasy Writing, 20th Century Literature, Contemporary Literature, Children’s Literature, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings

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