This week on The Children’s Hour, we explore the genre of science fiction with our musical friends from Ramah, New Mexico, MeriDean. This type of storytelling allows our imagination to become immersed in other worldly places, with advanced technologies, on exoplanets, or flying through space, and using actual science to help us believe the impossible. With excerpts of famous works of “Sci-Fi” like The War of the Worlds, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Slaughterhouse Five, and original pieces recorded by masterful storytellers, we immerse ourselves in futuristic fantasy.

Plus the kids in the Extinction Diaries update us about the Sumatran Tiger, and how our use of palm oil is hurting their chance for survival.

An imagined science fiction planet

All of this is mixed with great music by Tim and the Space Cadets, Brave Combo, Joanie Leeds And The NightlightsThe Okee Dokee Brothers, They Might Be Giants, Dino O’Dell, Justin Roberts, The Mosaic Project, Eric Herman, and others.

Here are our Kids Crew and listener Science Fiction book suggestions for kids:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, PhD

Dark Rising series by Susan Cooper

The Giver by Lois Lowry

WondLa trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi

Terry Pratchett’s young adult books

Downbelow Station and Merchanter’s Luck by C. J. Cherryh

Star Surgeon (1959) by Alan E. Nourse

Rite of Passage  and the Anthony Villiers series by Alexei Panshin

Any books by Ursula K. Le Guin

Do you have more suggestions? Contact us and let us know!

Thanks to our listeners and Kids Crew for participating!

Playlist Science Fiction

Blast OffTim KubartAnthems for Adventure2013 Tim and The Space Cadets
Flying SaucerBrave ComboPolkas For a Gloomy World1995 Rounder Records., Distributed by Concord.
Earth GravityMeriDeanSingleJason & Melissa Kadinger 2020
Mercury Theatre - The War of the Worlds - October 30, 1938Orson WellesOrson Welles: The Ultimate Collection2010 BN Publishing
UfoJoanie Leeds and the NightlightsBandwagon2013 Joan Leibowitz
Fix ItMeriDeansingleJason & Melissa Kadinger 2020
Krem BopThe TeacupssingleGregory Roman 2009
Excerpt: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' by Douglas AdamsRead by Katie Stone, Scored by MeriDeanThe Children's Hour Inc.
The ExtraterrestrialsThe Okee Dokee BrothersTake It OutsideOkee Dokee Brothers
Excerpt from 'Slaughterhouse Five' by Kurt VonnegutRead by Olivia Kadinger, Scored by MeriDeansingleThe Children's Hour Inc.
The Ballad of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)They Might Be Giants (For Kids)Here Comes Science (Audio + Video Version)2009 Walt Disney Records
Zar and the Broken SpaceshipDino O'DellZar and the Broken Spaceship - Single2015 Dino O'Dell
I'll Be an AlienJustin RobertsRecess2013 Carpet Square
PhobosMeriDeansingleJason & Melissa Kadinger 2020
The Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter JacksonEric HermanThe Incredibly Spaced-Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson2014 Eric Herman Endres
AlienBig Block SingsongGreatest Hits, Vol. 42019 Goddard/Brown Inc.
Solar EnergyMeriDeansingleJason & Melissa Kadinger 2020