Any last comments you’d like to make about the importance of speculative fiction in education?
From Dan Willis: There’s a place for all fiction in the educational process. Adventure stories make it easier for kids to access reading, but hey, if you’ve got a kid who loves machinery, give him Clancy’s “Hunt for Red October.” I remember the kinds of things the made us read when I was in school. It was either insufferably boring (The Grapes of Wrath) or insultingly propagandizing (any of the early-feminist tripe of Willa Cather). If the goal is to get kids reading, you might as well use every advantage you have.
From Eric G. Swedin: As a K-12 student I was always excited when I got the read speculative fiction for class, but it was a rare opportunity. I hope that is different today and that speculative fiction will take its rightful place in our changing, technologically-driven society.