The My Teacher is an Alien series were a fine collection of children’s literature. I found this gem today and was drawn to its highlighted GLOWS to emphasize the glowing teacher of course. What’s cool too is that even though the teacher is a blue alien, it still has a Mr. Feeny mustache to match its academic sweater vest. But why is he blowing up his television set? How come he can’t feel the children’s electromagnetic presence when he clearly can control the electromagnetic currents around him? These are questions I ask myself.
So I’m not making a Yuletide rec list because I get twitchy about favoritism and leaving people out and all that. But I am going to be unquestionably biased towards the awesome fic I received! It’s a perfect My Teacher Is An Alien post-canon fic, and you should go read it right now if you’ve read the series. If you haven’t read the series, go do that (because it’s pretty fucking awesome science fiction, especially the third and fourth books) and then read the fic because it will make you happy.
I am a happy book lover!!! There are a TON of books I could talk…
When I was a kid, reading gave me an escape from my life. I would hide away in some small corner or even a closet and read for hours! I would read during class- sneaking paperbacks under my desk. Heck, I started reading fanfiction so I would have even MORE to read!
People have heard me say it on here before but the series than influenced my early life the most was MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN by Bruce Coville. In the 4th grade, I stumbled onto these series and it saved my life! In this short 4 book series- I learned about compassion, empathy, family, love and how to be a good person in the world. I never felt special in real life but by living in the MY TEACHER world of these books… I could feel special. Kreeblim taking in Duncan as an abused child still gets me emotional this day.
When things got rough for me, I would ‘disappear’ into a daydream planning how the characters would interact in different situation. If I was near paper- I wrote little fanfictions or drew my versions of the characters. Over my life, I have owed multiple copies of each book and damn near memorized the entire series. I am always thankful for Mr. Coville writing and sharing these series with the world. It has been my rock since I was 9 years old.
When I was nine years old, I was reading a book, “My Teacher is an Alien,” where some pre-teen kid accidentally stowed away on an alien cruise ship. In said book, the following conversation took place, paraphrased, since I read it fifteen years ago.
Alien: So it can fly in peace. Kid: The space ship can fly itself? Alien: No, the captain. Kid: But you said “it.” Alien: Because human language is so limited. The captain is neither a he or a she, so your universal translator chose “it” instead. The captain comes from an alien race that requires seven genders to produce an egg, and three more to hatch it.
And my immediate response was “Huh, that’s pretty cool.”
AND THEN I MOVED ON.
SO DON’T YOU FUCKING TELL ME THAT KIDS CAN’T UNDERSTAND GENDERS BESIDES MALE AND FEMALE.
Side note, this book was published in 1989, much before other gender pronouns became widely known, so don’t send me any hate about “implying that we should refer to anyone as an ‘it.’”
If this review series was just a more or less chronological look at books I’ve read, this week we’d be looking at Rendezvous with Rama, which had quite a few parts that didn’t really register when I was in the third grade. Instead we’re looking at books I’ve read and somehow still own. That’s also why the Bunnicula stories will be missing, along with a good eighty to ninety percent of everything else I’ve ever read. Elementary school was my prime library using period.
Rama was part of my brother’s collection, so I never actually picked up a copy. And even though I see my brother a couple times a week and he lives like 10 minutes away, I’m not going to go grab his copy. That would be cheating. Instead, you’ll get one of my Scholastic Book Fair buys. Which as it turns out is a surprisingly good science fiction story after all.