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Old April 12 2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Children's scifi and fantasy: an appeal to your collective memory

I'm trying to dig up from memory two science fiction or fantasy book titles I read long ago as a kid. I don't have much to go on, but the collective memory here might dig something up.

-The first is a science fiction novel about a kid finding a space ship near where he lives, if I remember correctly. I think he might end up helping to repair it or something, but I could be off on that. This one would have been published in the early 90's at the latest, but probably earlier. Not much info, I know...

-The other is a fantasy novel (or possibly series of novels) about some children all around the world with some special powers, that have to come together to prevent something bad from happening. I think the story tracks some of the children on their search for the remaining children, while being chased or obstructed by the villain. Part of it might play in China, but I could be wrong about that. I'm less certain about the time of publishing here, but it can't have been later than mid nineties, I suspect, but again, probably earlier.

Again, not much to go on. I'm pretty sure I read them in Dutch, but they could have been translations from another language for all I know.

Anyway, I thought it would be worth a try to poll the wisdom (or memory) of crowds here. Thanks!
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Old April 14 2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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No one, then? It was a long shot with these sparse descriptions.
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Old April 14 2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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The first one sounds a bit like 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, but that has a giant robot rather than a spaceship. Unless your brain has confused it with the classic movie 'Flight Of The Navigator' somehow. But that's probably not what's happened.

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Old April 14 2013, 10:14 PM   #4
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There was an anthology book that had "All You Can Eat" and "An Evening at Lotha5r's" that I've misplaced.
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Old April 14 2013, 11:47 PM   #5
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For some reason, the first makes me think of The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin. This was actually the early Fifties, but would have been in many libraries in the Sixties. (And apparently still available from Amazon!.)

The second doesn't remind me of a book, it reminds of an Outer Limits two-parter, The Inheritors.
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Old April 15 2013, 12:55 AM   #6
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The first one could be The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, also older and part of an awesome series by Eleanor Cameron.
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Old April 15 2013, 02:29 AM   #7
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Re: Children's scifi and fantasy: an appeal to your collective memory

My first thought when reading the first one was also The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree. My elementary school library ahd a copy of it in the 90's; maybe the book had a big reprinting in that decade or something.
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Old April 15 2013, 03:12 AM   #8
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Re: Children's scifi and fantasy: an appeal to your collective memory

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-The first is a science fiction novel about a kid finding a space ship near where he lives, if I remember correctly. I think he might end up helping to repair it or something, but I could be off on that. This one would have been published in the early 90's at the latest, but probably earlier. Not much info, I know...
I've been trying to remember a similar story but have bugger all memories just I know I enjoyed it! The one I read would've likely been in the late 80s or early 90s, and the guy did go into space, with a couple of his mates.

I have the vague memory of the word 'topaz' in the title (or prominently in the story) but that's all.

I spent ages trying to remember another story about a little girl in a valley who survived a nuclear war but her peace is shattered when a man in a survival suit walks into town, soooo relieved when I remembered it ('Z for Zachariah').
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Old April 15 2013, 06:34 AM   #9
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For some reason, the first makes me think of The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree by Louis Slobodkin.
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The first one could be The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, also older and part of an awesome series by Eleanor Cameron.
I thought of both of those as well.
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Old April 15 2013, 11:45 PM   #10
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Thanks for all your suggestions. In my searches I had already come across "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet", but I don't think that's the one. The story description of "The Spaceship Under the Apple Tree" sounds closer, but I don't think it's that one either. For one, there doesn't seem to be a Dutch translation, and I'm almost sure I read it in Dutch.

As for the other story, the description of the Outer Limits episode seems quite different from what I remember, so that's not the direction I should be thinking in. For example, I don't remember there being any spaceship in that story. But then, I don't remember a lot of things that actually were in the story... But I remember it as more of an adventure story with traveling around to world to find all these children (I think there were four or five or so) for some magical purpose or so. But it played in a somewhat modern setting I think, not a medieval 'fantasy' setting.
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Old April 16 2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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I did some more searching and came across the Pentagram series by Anthony Horowitz. I can't be sure they are the books of my second question, but the descriptions and publishing dates are promising. And they have been translated into Dutch.
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Old April 16 2013, 12:10 AM   #12
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I did some more searching and came across the Pentagram series by Anthony Horowitz. I can't be sure they are the books of my second question, but the descriptions and publishing dates are promising. And they have been translated into Dutch.
Apparently he has rewritten all books in this series recently under the name The Power of Five. This confused me at first, since the dates were too recent. But the original (unfinished) series seems to fit my time period constraints.
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Old April 16 2013, 12:16 AM   #13
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Hmm.... I seem to be lucky in my searches today. I've searched for books fitting these descriptions in the past, but today I am finding titles that could be the correct ones. The science fiction story I remember reading might actually be a Dutch one: "Schakelfout" by Henk van Kerkwijk (1970).
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Old April 16 2013, 11:07 AM   #14
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If you haven't found your books yet, you should post your question here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/query.php...tion&type=ykts

They helped me find the name of an obscure tv show I only vaguely remembered. No one I'd talked to over the years had any idea what I was talking about, but tvtropes users gave me the answer in a few days. Once you log into the site, the "post new entry" button will appear.
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Old April 16 2013, 04:08 PM   #15
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If you haven't found your books yet, you should post your question here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/query.php...tion&type=ykts

They helped me find the name of an obscure tv show I only vaguely remembered. No one I'd talked to over the years had any idea what I was talking about, but tvtropes users gave me the answer in a few days. Once you log into the site, the "post new entry" button will appear.
Thanks for the advice!
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