Dewey’s father is working on the Gadget at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Dewey loves her life on the base, except for the teasing she gets for being tomboyish and different. Girly-girl Suze is lonely too, in a different way. Can the two girls overcome their differences? Will the weapon everyone on the Hill is working on end the war could it end the world?
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“Who drew these?” she asked.
3. At one point, Mrs. Gordon, Suze’s mom, starts to worry about the possible consequences of what the scientists are working on. What do you think- is ‘pure science’ ever pure, or should scientists always consider the practical applications of their research and follow an ethical standard?
4. Suze changes a lot during the course of the story. Why do you think she became so different?
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“It teaches you to ask questions and think logically, which are useful skills for just about any job.” she says. “But when I looked in the Want Ads under P, no philosophers. I’ve been a pinball mechanic, a photographer, and done paste-up for a printer.
“I’ve lived in San Francisco most of my adult life. The city wears its past in layers, glimpses of other eras visible on every street. I love to look through old newspapers and photos, trying to piece together its stories…
The Green Glass Sea is not science fiction, but it is fiction about science. And history and curiosity.”
According to Klages: “The Green Glass Sea is my first novel. It grew out of that short story -- I knew what the relationships between characters were, the whole atomic background, and that I wanted it to start in '43 and end in '47 the weekend of the Roswell UFO sightings (which it doesn't). Though a novel has a very different structure, I just started writing pieces of it, exactly the same way I write short stories, and allowed it to grow.
“There's darkness in it, but nobody is scared in The Green Glass Sea except the reader. The Manhattan Project was in some ways like a Worldcon for the best scientists in the world: for three years, they all got to live with their own tribe. It was science camp, in a weird way. I think what I brought to it from my own life was the sense, from having worked at the Exploratorium, that art and science come from the same sense of curiosity.
“But fear is a major theme in the next book, which is a sequel whose working title is White Sands, Red Menace. The kids are in junior high, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, which is about 75 miles from the Trinity site and 60 miles east of what is now the White Sands Missile Range. It's where they trucked 300 boxcars of captured V-2 rockets that the Nazis had been using to bomb London and about a hundred captured German rocket scientists, so we could have a space program.”“I like writing from the point of view of children, but I didn't write The Green Glass Sea as a children's book. I didn't change my vocabulary or my tone or my way of working, or anything else about it. It's certainly a book that children are enjoying and understanding, but my grown-up audience seems to be equally big. The book's about nuclear physics and the Manhattan Project. It's not World War II Lite or Atomic Bomb Lite, and part of that is because I wasn't really conscious of an audience -- of any age -- while I was writing it. I just wrote it for me, which is the way I always write.”