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Science Fiction And Fantasy -- A Kid's Eye View
by Amanda Plante

Note: Brian was too busy this month doing his taxes at the last minute (as usual) and asked his daughter Amanda (age 10) to write down some thoughts on science fiction and fantasy.

My Dad asked me to write something about science fiction and fantasy. I told him I couldn't think of anything, but he said to just write about what I liked and didn't like. I like some science fiction, but mostly the stuff on TV and the movies, especially anime (Japanese cartoons), time travel stories, robot stories and future stuff. I don't like old black and white science fiction movies or anything with William Shatner in it. I read lots of books, but not that much science fiction. I also read some fantasy, like Harry Potter, but I like science fiction more. Some fantasy books just seems stupid, with all the princes and princesses and stuff like that. I like adventurous fantasy like some of the good C. S. Lewis books, dragons, witches (but not the evil ones) and spell casting. I don't like medieval knights, princesses and unicorns.

Here's a list some of the fantasy and science fiction I like:

  • Gundam Wing
  • Sailor Moon
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Tenchi
  • The Iron Giant
  • Mecha (Giant Fighting Robots)
  • Futurama
  • Harry Potter
  • Terminator
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Unbreakable
  • Twilight Zone
  • Titan AE
  • Star Wars
  • Some CS Lewis (the Narnia ones -- Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Prince Caspian, The Lion The Witch & The Wardorobe, The Last Battle)
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the TV show)
  • Ender's Game
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Men In Black
  • The Matrix
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Dad says this is fantasy)
  • Wizard of Oz

Here's the science fiction and fantasy I don't like:

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • Star Trek
  • CS Lewis (all the ones not Narnia)
  • Xena & Hercules
  • Greek & Roman Mythology
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • Animorphs
  • Ronin Warriors
  • Pokemon (used to like it but can't stand it now)
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (the movie)
  • X-files

Sometimes Dad tells my older sister and me the plots to his stories before he writes them down. They seem OK I guess. He sells the stories to magazines, so they must be pretty good, but I don't really know the way he tells it.

My Dad asked me if I thought I would ever write fantasy or science fiction. I might write science fiction some day, but probably not fantasy. I think science fiction is mostly for adults, and fantasy is for young girls.

My Dad really likes science fiction. He owns lots of books and most of them are science fiction. Mom yells at him for having too many books. It takes up too much room and he has way more books than he really reads. I think he just likes having them around. It's like mom and all her shoes.

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