"This is a cleanly written novel aimed at the coming-of-age youngster... Maurice's world hews closely to the rules of our universe. This is a rare strength, and if you are looking for a novel that teaches as it entertains, you have found it." -John Cooley, Author: Dear Madman
"One of the best sci-fi books for younger readers in many a year. Dr. Barth's credentials shine through and all the science is impeccable. The action never falters, and the reader is swept along with Maurice to investigate sabotage on an endangered Martian colony. Highly recommended!" -Gene Grim: Author: Conversations on a Blackboard
From the Author
With the discovery of large amounts of water on Mars, the possibilities for exploration and colonization became much better. Although Mars (with water!) has much to offer the explorer, the colonist will still find it a harsh and barren environment that will make everyday life a struggle for the first generations of settlers who choose to make their permanent home on Mars. This made a story about a Martian colony the perfect vehicle for encouraging the discussion of development of resources vs. environmental conservation. The conflicts that trouble Maurice and his friends on Mars in the late 21st century are very much with us here on Earth!
As with Maurice on the Moon, a full classroom curriculum is being written for The Doomed Colony of Mars.