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Martian Race is near-future SF, set in the twenty-teens (just before Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars saga kicks off), which may contribute to its being a bit of a slow starter; this is realistic, nuts-and-bolts speculation on a mission using pretty basic technology. But the pace picks up considerably as our heroes--the likable Julia and her Russky hubby Viktor and crew, backed by the Mars Consortium and its biotech billionaire CEO John Axelrod--begin to duke it out with a Euro-Sino concern to claim the $30 billion Mars Prize and, of course, get back from the Red Planet in one piece. Benford's work throughout is engaging and thorough, exploring every aspect of why we should make this trip at all (and even a few arguments against it, like Mars Bar marketing tie-ins). --Paul Hughes
The major governments of the world want to send men to Mars, but they don’t want to pay for it. So they put up a big cash prize ($30 billion) for the first successful manned... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul
It could have been an interesting story but the characters are so irritating, so cliche ( the good and the bad, the smar and the stupid) that it's difficult to read the book to the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mick Andrews
This was a good read. The technology and the details blend together very well to the point where you begin to wonder how much is sci-fi and how much is real. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Goyette
I was struck by the similarity between this novel and Steven Baxter's "Voyage". Whereas Voyage is the story of what if Kennedy hadn't died and his space program continued to it's... Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Wood Hughes
Another great Sci Fi book on Mars recommended by The Mars Society. The Martian Race is well written by Nebula award winning Gregory Benford.340 pages of fast paced action. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Thomas Erickson
I sent $30 for The Martian Race by Gregory Benford thinking I was getting a standard hardback with dust jacket etc. What I recieved was an edition with a text book like quality. Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by Mark Bendix
After Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars), science fiction novels about Mars exploration became quite common; and, most of them were just that... Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Wildness
Billionaire's boys and girls beat NASA by parsimony and corporate propaganda.
A novel that details the first trip to Mars by a manned crew. Read more