As I was preparing for a summer rocketry program and activities at Western Connecticut State University this week, did some quick background research in an attempt to connect Robert Goddard's work of almost a hundred years ago to today's adolescents.
Turns out that Dr. Goddard has credited the classic novels of Jules Verne and Orson Wells as his early inspiration to look skyward and dream of tomorrow's realities. When his research was moved from Devers, MA to Roswell, NM in the 1930's there is no doubt that at least one of his desertl launches may have inspired a few stories on the part of distant citizen observers.
I have taken a peek at a few summer reading lists from across the country and find very few new generation science fiction novels that emphasize the science fact behind their fiction. So here is a question for the Middle School Portal Readers. Outside of the classic science fiction authors, like Verne and Wells, what science fiction authors and novels might serve as the inspiration to the next generation of space explorers?
Maybe our community should further develop this genre for in-between agers?