From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jan Wee)
Subject: Re: Science Fiction, Resources, etc.
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 20:30:20 -0500
Dear Mike and all, Mike Deane of Florida asked me about my opinion of a book I had mentioned earlier in the PTK Advocate forum..... (By the way, PTK Advocates are the 100 plus educators from around the US who attended the July 18-20th Live From Mars Teacher Workshop sponsored by Passport to Knowledge and NASA JPL in Washington, DC this past summer. This energetic and talented group of educators serve as the key Passport to Knowledge contacts in each state. Many of them belong to this forum and have been sharing online over the past several weeks. Our PTK Advocates have been busy presenting workshops and presentations 21 states already since July. The Live From Mars web site will have information about the Advocates and how you can interact with them very soon.) Back to Winds of Mars by H.M. Hoover --- a new FICTION book for middle schoolers that raised by curiosity, so I bought it and have read 3/4ths of it so far... My opinion is that this book starts out slowly but improves as the plot thickens. It is would appeal to 9-13 year olds. The book is about teenager Annalyn Reynolds, who finds her comfortable existence turned upside down and her life threatened. Ethical issues arise when she discovers the use of MT's --- mind transfer chips, which allow some people to live forever as androids. Have you read....the SCI-FI books by Kim Stanley Robinson entitled *Mars Red* *Mars Blue* and *Mars Green*? They are for the older reader (middle school and older) and have won some awards. I saw them at Barnes and Noble and would like to hear opinions if you have read them. By the way.... I am in the process of compiling a Live >From Mars resource list and would love to have contributions from this forum. I have all the resources archived that have already been shared in this forum, but if there is any Mars related resource that you have used and especially like, please share this with me. IF YOU HAVE A RESOURCE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND AND COULD SEND A DESCRIPTION (title, author, publisher, place of publication, copyright, ISBN number, phys. description, and source), I WOULD GREATLY appreciate your input! :-) I hope everyone has seen the great newsletter Marc Siegel, NASA K-12 Internet Initiative, has put together and distributed today. Packed full of great info! Nice job, Marc!!! If anyone has questions about ordering the Teacher's Guide or the Teacher's Kit for Live From Mars, please email me and I will be glad to respond. Another book to consider... A resource that I would like to mention is a book called *Turn Left At Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects To See In A Small Telescope* by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis. (revised edition) Cambridge University Press, c1995. This is a guidebook for beginning astronomers and provides all the information you need to find over a hundred deep sky objects in the Northern Hemisphere. I found it excellent as I consider myself strictly an amateur observer of the night sky. I especially appreciated the information on observing Mars! I also like Arthur C. Clarke's *The Snows of Olympus: A Garden on Mars -- the Illustrated Story of Man's Colonization of Mars* WW Norton & Company, c1994. This book considers how human beings might become the first Martians of science fact, not fiction, by "terraforming" the desert landscape of Mars into our first settlement in space. Some great futuristic color images!! I think kids will find this book and the concepts behind it fascinating, and maybe a bit disturbing! Guess you can tell that I am a former Library Media Director... love those books! :-) Jan Wee Jan Wee, Education Outreach Coordinator Passport to Knowledge http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/interactive Voice: 608-786-2767 (8am-4pm Central time) Fax: 608-786-1819 Email: email@example.com