re: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books...

From: (Ken Edgett)
Subject: re: Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books...
Date: Tue, 06 May 1997 08:59:08 -0700 (MST)

Another point regarding Kim Stanley R's book's.... 
even if you don't want to engage the kids in actually reading
the books (i.e., they are long, some adult themes, etc.), it
does make sense if you are doing any kind of Mars curriculum
that involves Mars colonization and/or terraforming that the
instructor might want to read the books.  

I know of at least one case where a school adapted many of
the ideas from Robinson's books into a meaningful, cross-disciplinary
Mars colonization curriculum.  They even do a town meeting to
debate the future of Mars-- should it be terraformed or not--
pitting "Reds" against "Greens"-- this is great *social studies*
material.  (Tom-- you reading this? care to pipe in?)

Ken Edgett