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Seven Against Mars Paperback – February 8, 2013
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Seven Against Mars had me hooked from the first page, and it never let me go. Berman-Gorvine's clever send-up of and heartfelt love letter to the science fiction pulp era delivers both laugh-out-loud wit and a poignant look into timeless issues of prejudice, oppression, and the persistence of evil.
Most of all, this novel is a celebration of the power of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit. It serves as a powerful reminder of why we fall in love with science fiction in the first place and how much the genre can tell us about our pasts (cue Rachel, a gifted Polish Jewish dreamer during World War II, who escapes the horror of her reality by creating Gernsbackian stories of wonder), our futures (cue Katie, a feisty young Texian from a post-U.S. North America, who escapes the threat of the invading "Dixies" by reading "classic" genre fiction, including Rachel's), and our hopes for heroes (cue a determined Martian princess and a daring adventurer with a zap-gun, who seem to be the products of Rachel's and Katie's combined imaginations). True to pulp-era science fiction, this witty, intelligent, and extremely humane novel resolves its major plot points and yet ends on a fresh cliffhanger.
Adults should share this with the young readers they know but be certain to keep a copy for themselves.