From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Edgett)
Subject: more Mars books
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1997 08:39:17 -0700 (MST)
Dear Mars Educators-- I was visiting a middle school in Sierra Vista, AZ, last week, and their librarian turned me on to two GREAT books about Mars that I was previously unaware of: MARS, by James A Corrick, Franklin Watts, New York, 1991. ISBN # 0-531-12528-9 - This book is EXCELLENT-- mostly words but some illustrations, great for middle/high school. The author quotes specific Mars scientists when presenting the various models and theories about the planet's history and climate. There is also an extremely thorough treatment of "Mars" in science fiction literature and film/t.v.--- he talked about many books/films I had never heard of. The focus is on the science, but the fascination of Mars is captured in this "science ficition" section, as well. The book is slightly out-dated because it pre-dates, and therefore anticipates, MARS OBSERVER and some *Soviet* missions that had been in the planning stages at that time.... but otherwise the book is very well done as far as I could tell. I will need to buy a copy and give it a thorough read. MARS, by Don Davis and Peter Catermole, Facts on File Books, New York, 1989. ISBN # 0-8160-2047-7 - These two guys are very credible authors-- Catermole has done Mars geology research, and Davis is one of the best space artists around. The book has lots of full-color artwork and fewer words-- suitable to a younger-than-middle-school reader, but the pictures are so great that I reccommend it to all ages. The science and depiction of Mars landscapes is very realistic. Again, the only complaint I could make is the fact that the book pre-dates Mars Observer and the other changes in the Mars program that have occurred in the 1990s. The artwork alone makes this book worth having. I don't own either of these, but will be looking for them. Ken Edgett Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program http://esther.la.asu.edu/asu_tes/ p.s. As you are getting psyched up for the April 24 LFM broadcast, be aware that the Mars science community is meeting in Houston April 24-27 to discuss, debate, share new evidence regarding the Early history of Mars and the question of life on Mars. There is a press conference scheduled for Sunday afternoon (April 27), so watch for something on the News on Sunday. Take care!