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Children’s Classics

You might as well build a child’s imagination early with this list of high-quality and free speculative fiction books for  young people. Be sure to keep checking back as the list changes periodically.

What is Speculative Fiction for Children?

Speculative fiction for children includes such classics as A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and even the more contemporary Harry Potter series. Some people even consider Charlotte’s Web to be a sort of fantasy book since the animals have lively dialogues with each other.  Of course, children can find old favorites and new classics here as the list of free speculative fiction books for children changes a couple of times a day.

It is also fair to say that many adults reading books that are marked as children or young adult books as these novels have many layers.

The top 10 free eBooks for youth science fiction, fantasy, and related genres was last updated on Friday, December 15th 2017:

The Narrowing Path
Various
In a world that burns up every six years, only the strongest, smartest and most ruthless survive.The teenage boys of noble birth are sent out into the city to demonstrate their wits and strength. Some prove themselves in combat, others display their empire building skil...
Fall of the Cities: Planting
Various
The world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into their own hands. As the government begins to seal off rioting pa...
Quirk Books Summer Reads:
Various
This sampler rounds up some of the best fiction that Quirk Books has to offer...   Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in the #1...
After the Battle on Starship
Various
"After the Battle on Starship Hill" is more than 12000 words of prologue from Vernor Vinge's forthcoming novel, The Children of the Sky. Taking place on Tines World, this mini e-book describes events of the years immediately following the conclusion of the predecessor n...
A Perilous Assignment
Various
The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.They have a much more sinister purpose.Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.Go back to the very beginning with us... see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and mos...
The Gender Game
Various
For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergentcomes a story like no other...A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates's world by gender.Women rule the East. Men rule the West.Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.Ever since the disappearance of her beloved...
The Sunseed Saga
Various
Earth is dead and man has fled. He left nothing but the machines behind, and they toil on beneath a storm which engulfs the world. Mankind has prospered in space, populations bloom, every world in the solar system has its colonies. Mars is at war with Jupiter and Saturn...
The Itinerant Beekeeper
Various
The Itinerant Beekeeper tells the story of a traveling apiarist in the mildly postmodern American outback. An experienced survivor of the ecological collapse, he extracts a living from the dusty land by traveling with his bees on the depopulated west coast, taking life ...
Once Upon A Broken Dream:
Various
Dragons, magic, fairies, angels, vampires, knights, a gollum, a vengeful child's toy, a depressed cashier, a bridge made of stars, and a donkey... What do they all have in common? An appearance in this anthology.This collection of short stories is as diverse as the Crea...
The Adventure of the Skittering
Various
In the distant future, the Martian surface is rife with colonies… and crime. When Miss Helen Stoner’s sister dies of unknown causes, she goes to Mars’ greatest consulting detective: Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Miss Stoner is desperate, and Sherlock Holmes is ready to hel...

Speculative Fiction Defined

Robert Heinlein, a famous science fiction author, gets the credit for defining the term, speculative fiction, back in the 1940s. This term has come to include science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Of course, many expand the definition to also include other genres such as apocalyptic fiction, alternative history, and magical realism.

This term is more convenient to use than precise genre names in many cases. This is really for two reasons:

  • Many speculative fiction stories don’t fit so neatly into the genres mentioned above. One famous example is Tarzan. Another might be Charlotte’s Web.
  • Many stories combine elements of more than one genre, so it’s easier to just combine them under the umbrella of speculative fiction instead of trying to pin them down.

Is Speculative Fiction Just for Children?

People of almost every age enjoy one or more of these popular genres. While “A Wrinkle in Time” is considered a children’s book, the author said that she tended to write a children’s books when she wanted to cover a topic that was too complex to turn into an adult book! Of course, some popular fantasy books are really meant for older readers, and one popular example is “Game of Thrones.” Younger readers might want to start with “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings” and save “A Song of Ice and Fire” until they are older. At any rate, with the span of time between GRR Martin books, it might be better to wait a few years until they are all published!

Speculative Fiction Inspires the Future

Of course, many adults began reading science fiction and fantasy when they were young people.Lots of famous inventors, scientists, and world leaders will credit their inspiration to fantastic stories that they read when they were children. Lots of inventions, from cell phones to medical scanners, were inspired by Star Trek.Who knows what the next generation will invent? All that can be said is that it is safe to assume that tomorrow’s reality will be inspired by today’s science fiction and fantasy.

 

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