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Innocent ExperimentsChildhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States$
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Rebecca Onion

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629476

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629476.001.0001

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Space Cadets and Rocket Boys

Space Cadets and Rocket Boys

Policing the Masculinity of Scientific Enthusiasms

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Innocent Experiments

Rebecca Onion

University of North Carolina Press

After World War II, science-fiction authors found lucrative side gigs in writing fiction for young people. Before “young adult” books were a fixed category, authors like Robert Heinlein wrote stories about space for middle-grade readers, most of whom were male. This chapter looks at Heinlein’s juvenile fiction published by Scribner’s, and shows how his work reinforced a vision of scientific masculinity.

Keywords:   Young adult novels, Robert Heinlein, Scientific masculinity, Science fiction

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