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Mars Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993
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The story starts with the explorers arrival on Mars, but the text is filled with flashbacks that describe the training, the characters, some of their initial interactions, and the background of the trip to Mars. Bova clearly did his homework when writing this book and describes Mars in great detail. Many of the difficulties encountered by the explorers are well-reasoned and well-explained, and the entire mission plan is well thoughtout by Bova. One thing that could really have added to this book was a map of Mars so that we could see where everyone was going and what the relationship was between the locations visited by the scientists.Read more ›
This book was very informative. I believe that the major task of literature is to inform. Ben Bova has a fun way to do it. "Mars" is a book that keeps you reading. It's like a mirror of our soroundings.
Bova wants to make a comparison between the two worlds by placing a village that resembles terrestrial dwelings. It could be also a warning that whatever happened in Mars could happen here if we are not careful. I think this is the main message in this book. "Humans will be humans" and it's so human to go to Mars and pollute it with our prejudice, ignorance and arrogance(not to mention dangerous CFC's hydrocarbons and other pollutants).Or maybe that's the reason Mars today is dead. Maybe the Martians made the same mistakes we're making today and the result is a barren planet.
If you read this book thinking that you are going to read about Mars, then don't read it, unless you want to learn about regolites, permafrosts, and other geological formations. There is nothing else in Mars to talk about.
If you want to read about men and women undertaking a major scientific endeavor and read about their adventures, then you won't be dissapointed!
This book is entirely believable, and in many passages reads like nonfiction. Ben Bova patiently--but not condescendingly--explains the science behind the characters' activities. He also does a fine job of portraying the characters' child-like enthusiasm for finding evidence of life on Mars--an obsession tempered by their skeptical scientific minds.
This story can be quite frightening: there are several mishaps--several injuries--that just might make you yelp. Through these mishaps, the reader comes to care for the characters.
HOWEVER, Mr. Bova always likes to interject romance into his novels, and I'm afraid his portrayal of romantic feelings on the printed page is rather two-dimensional. His romantic characters seem to always suffer from an inability to adequately express themselves, and are shackled by miscommunication. In short, his portrayal of romance is immature.
But don't let that stop you. This book is worth reading. Especially now (April '04), for as you read these words, two rovers from Earth are prowling about the frigid red sands of Mars.
To be sure there are some problems with the book that has made it outdated. In the book, for instance the Soviet Union is still around and part of earthly politics. And in the book Mars is a much nicer place than we see now.
But all in all, I didn't find that these things mattered. After all, we still haven't sent any people to Mars. And the politics of a multi-national crew composed of both men and women is still an open question. So far as we know, there hasn't been any sex in space. In the book there is, and the crew has taken their Earth bound attitudes with them. This includes all the petty problems you would expect of having people cooped up together for a long time.
These are just a couple of the interesting points about the book. Forget the forbidding, desolate pictures from Spirit and Opportunity and have a good time with this book.
This is the first book in the Mars series recorded by Stefan Rudnicki. (See also Return to Mars and Mars Life) It is complete and unabridged, almost 20 hours of recording on 15 compact disks. He's a great reader.
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Good fiction and good science. Bova is a good writer who obviously keeps up with the latest discoveries and mission planning. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Stanley
Great story. The Kindle version has numerous typos. I don't know if they were in the original print version or not.Published 4 months ago by Ralph DUBREUIL III
Hard SciFi fans will enjoy this book. A realistic look at the exploration of Mars. It is a little long winded with chapters that don't contribute to the plot, making the book about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Mackenzie
Drags a little at points and the ending wraps up a little too nicely but still a fun read with interesting characters.Published 6 months ago by SB
Caught my attention from word one. Highly recommend this book.Published 6 months ago by Un Dawg Watoozee
I enjoyed this book because it provided a great little esape. Bova's descriptive writing brings everything to life. Looking forward to the next book in the seriesPublished 8 months ago by Mark Lincke
Not sure who translated the book, but lots of errors!
Otherwise the book was a good read (not great)
I'm ambivalent. This was a delightfully nerdy novel about humanity's first trip to Mars and a clutter of cliches and worn-down tropes that didn't give Ben Bova's nerdy ambitions... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Benoit Lelievre