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For Teachers

Borderlands of Science by Charles Sheffield. (Baen, 2000)
This book examines how present-day science, from astronomy to physics, inspires our thoughts of the future.

Science Fiction 101: Where to Start Reading and Writing Science Fiction by Robert Silverberg. (I Books, 2001)
An introduction to the craft and art of science fiction, including thirteen classic stories.


For Students

Fiction

2095 by Jon Scieszka (Puffin, 1995)
The Trio are zapped into the 21st century and meet their great-grandkids.

Around the World in Eighty Days and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Many of Verne's visionary concepts, written in the 19th century, have come true.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
Jonas's community seems to have solved all of society's problems, but when Jonas receives his adult job assignment, he begins to understand what has been missing.

How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum by Lois Wyse and Molly Rose Goldman. (Workman, 1998)
Molly takes her grandmother to the Museum of Natural History.

My Son, the Time Traveler by Dan Greenburg. (Grosset & Dunlap, 1997)
The Zack File series. Zack meets his own son who has traveled from the future to New York at the turn of the 20th century. Another book by the same author:

Trapped in the Museum of Unnatural History by Dan Greenburg.

The Time Bike by Jane Langton. (HarperCollins, 2000)
Eddie Hall receives an old-fashioned bicycle from his uncle that enables him to travel through time. One of six books about the unusual Hall family.

Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth by Lloyd Alexander. (Holt, 2003)
Not only can Gareth the cat talk, he can also take Jason to any place and time!

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Adapted by Shirley Bogart. (ABDO, 2002)
This classic novel of time travel to the future has been retold for young readers.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. (Farrar, 1990)
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin travel through space and time in search of the scientist father of Meg and Charles.

Nonfiction

The Museum of Hoaxes by Alex Boese. (Dutton, 2002)
Many legends, pranks, and cons were included in legitimate collections before they were revealed to be false.

Remarkable Journeys: The Story of Jules Verne by William Schoell. (Morgan Reynolds, 2002)
A biography of the famous science fiction writer whose stories featured futuristic inventions and technologies that are now part of our lives.

Science Fiction Pioneer: A Story about Jules Verne by Tom Streissguth. (Carolrhoda, 2001)
Travel captured the imagination of young Jules Verne and he grew up to write of unusual ways to see the world.

The Smithsonian Institution by May Collins. (Grolier, 1999)
Words and photographs describe the vast array of items in one of the world's most incredible museums.

Poetry

Mrs. Brown on Exhibit and Other Museum Poems by Susan Katz. (Simon & Schuster, 2002)
Twenty poems celebrate the interesting and unusual objects — from art to insects to soap sculptures — found in all kinds of museums.



Web Sites

Is Science Fiction Science?
http://www.pbs.org/kcet/closertotruth/explore/show_01.html
Author Michael Crichton, physicist David Brin, and author Octavia Butler debate the merits of science fiction. Based on the PBS television series "Closer to the Truth."

Ray Bradbury Online
http://www.spaceagecity.com/bradbury/quotes.htm
Visit this site to learn about science fiction author Ray Bradbury.

Reality Update: The Top Ten Dream Inventions for the Future
http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa011599.htm
This list by Mary Bellis updates the progress being made on inventions such as an energy stick, a transporter, a replicator, holograms, and more.

NOVA Time Travel
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/time/
This companion Web site to the NOVA program "Time Travel" explores whether time travel is scientifically possible.

Wands and Worlds
http://www.wandsandworlds.com/
Fantasy and science fiction booklists for children and teens, organized by categories. (Particularly good for kids.)