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The Martian Race

Copyright 1999 by Gregory Benford

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I read this in February 2001.

A commercial business commences a manned flight to Mars, quasi- governmental consortium launches in competition to them. In fact the race isn't important, it's primarily background. The book is really about what happens to the people on Mars and what they find. Earth, its concerns and priorities, are reduced to video playbacks of distant events

Hey, this was pretty good. It's not just one long scientific experiment. There's a little drama and excitement, OK, it's not chock-full of wild action, but it feels realistic, like I was there. Julia, Victor and Marc felt to me like real people, not that I know many astronauts. What they find is good, exciting and thought-provoking: vacuum runs and strange alien life amongst a host of other things.

I always read Benford's books, though I'm often a little disappointed - in some way they lack impact for me, even though they are full of grand science. This book, though, I'll read again.

Loaded on the 16th February 2001.
Cover of The Martian Race
Cover by Don Dixon and Don Puckey

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