Science Fiction Helps Young Readers Build Resiliency

In a recent article, Associate Professor of English at Clark University Esther Jones says that young people benefit from reading science fiction.

She writes:

Reading science fiction and fantasy can help readers make sense of the world. Rather than limiting readers’ capacity to deal with reality, exposure to outside-the-box creative stories may expand their ability to engage reality based on science.

A 2015 survey of science fiction and fantasy readers found that these readers were also major consumers of a wide range of other types of books and media. In fact, the study noted a connection between respondents’ consumption of varied literary forms and an ability to understand science...

Let them read science fiction. In it, young people can see themselves – coping, surviving and learning lessons – that may enable them to create their own strategies for resilience. In this time of COVID-19 and physical distancing, we may be reluctant for kids to embrace creative forms that seem to separate them psychologically from reality.

Many of us read science fiction as children; I read Jules Verne's books when I was maybe ten and I enjoyed The Odyssey and The Iliad earlier. I'd certainly encourage young people (of any age) to read science fiction; help yourselves to interesting ideas from science fiction books.

Via jstor.

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