To the harsh landscape of Sol's fourth planet travel thirteen astronauts, the best scientists from eleven nations, on a history-making voyage into the unknown.
The international crew of the Mars mission have spent nine months in space, crossing 100 million kilometres, to reach the last great frontier.
Their voyage is fraught with disputes, both personal and political, and their time on Mars limited to 'footprints and flags'; yet while there they will come face-to-face with the most incredible and shocking discovery of all.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 07/01/1993
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780450577178
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Review by meerka
I used to think Beb Bova dry, but I don't know what book gave me that impression. I read the second book first and was captivated by it. After reading the first book, it's not only a longing for the story not to end, but a desperate wish that the sf would become reality. I haven't been quite so passionate about a book for quite some time.
Review by SonicQuack
I imagine that the dusty ball of rock that we call Mars will remain the subject of stories until we have actually explored the planet in reality. Ben Bova takes this scientific urge and moulds a realistic approach to our potential first manned mission. The mission is fraught with potential dangers, not only from the hostile planet itself, but from the stretched emotional states of the scientists and astronauts that will make the journey and ultimately set foot on the dusty Red Planet. Bova weaves a clever mix of science, politics and human psychology around a setting which is both mysterious and exciting. With the books grounding in a realistic approach the action is not required to be non-stop and Bova's approach is to use the unexpected to draw the reader in, creating tension, rather than a more gung-ho approach to fiction. A very good sci-fi read indeed.