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SF in HS

I totally concur on the science fiction point. You want high-school boys to read? Give them sf. Bill Bennett’s reading list gets partial credit for 1984, a classic of the genre. Other great works of literature that also represent the best of sf: Frankenstein, Brave New World, A Canticle for Leibowitz, and Fahrenheit 451. Also worth sharing: Childhood’s End, The Space Merchants, Starship Troopers, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, and Ender’s Game. This list is growing long, and it could grow much longer.

Not sf, but an obvious choice for the same demographic: The Lord of the Rings.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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