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One Way Trip: A Novella by Stephen M. Braund
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One Way Trip: A Novella

by Stephen M. Braund

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Where do you go to add perspective and look back objectively on your situation? Oh, just to Mars. Permanently.

In Stephen M. Braund's latest novella, One Way Trip, the young astronaut, Martin, does exactly that: he leaves Earth completely, one of the main reasons being that he has become estranged from Gwen, the love of his life. Oh, it's not that he isn't thrilled to be fulfilling his dream of being an astronaut and living on another world. It's just that even that dream was inspired by Gwen, when the two of them were kids and she introduced Martin to the real wonder of the stars.

Braund skillfully takes us along on Martin's journey as the astronaut soon recognizes what a mistake he's made, discovering that he misses Earth more than he ever dreamed possible. And that goal of at last leaving Gwen and everything she stands for behind as he moves to help found an initial two-man colony on Mars? To his dismay, all of the emotions and griefs have just travelled with him, all the way to another planet, while the Earth and the woman he loves remain behind, where he can no longer reach them.

This appears to be an insoluble dilemma. But as Braund guides us to the discovery of the details behind Martin's and Gwen's relationship and how they arrived where they are now, we also begin to see one glimmer of hope that they may finally accomplish some degree of peace and even reconciliation, even across the vast distance that separates them..

In just one relatively short novella, Braund takes us through a moving exploration of human motivations and love that somehow endures, despite truly astronomical obstacles. ( )
  kashicat | Feb 19, 2016 |
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A young astronaut is tormented by memories of the life and love he left behind during a one way trip to colonize Mars. Martin rockets from Earth to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet. He and fellow volunteer astronaut Jomo make the dangerous seven-month slingshot across space knowing they will never return. Traveling to Mars was once thought impossible because there was no way back. But that was before anyone planned to make the journey a one way trip. Personal tragedy has honed Martin and Jomo into ideal candidates, with a unique ability to endure and a resolve to abandon humanity for their isolated outpost. But as they struggle to adapt to the barren planet, they can still feel the pull of the blue dot in the sky. For Martin, it’s the memory of his childhood love, Gwen. On Earth, fate conspired to keep them apart. But with no chance to turn back, the love of Martin’s life gives him new regret for abandoning Earth. Now, despite an abyss spanning millions of miles and no way to cross it, Martin wants to go home. One Way Trip follows Martin’s extraordinary life journey from Earth to Mars, as he confronts his past with Gwen, in a quest for an impossible future together.

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