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Mars Crossing by Geoffrey A. Landis
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Mars Crossing (2000)

by Geoffrey A. Landis

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  jim.antares | Nov 12, 2015 |
If you were bored by what this book at one point calls "boring geology enthusiasm" that permeates Red Mars, and thought its characters were too well-developed, this might be the book for you. Otherwise, it suffers in comparison with its big cousin. Though it is certainly an easy read.

I've enjoyed Landis's short fiction, so was disappointed. ( )
  joeyreads | Apr 2, 2013 |
The story is good, a bit unbelievable, but good. Way too many details on the personal lives of the main characters. I found myself skipping pages and pages of detailed descriptions. Also, how could such people end up as astronauts on Mars ? I understand that walking hundreds of kilometers in a red desert is probably quite dull and you would end up thinking to all your past life, but I was trying to enjoy some science fiction...
So, read it if you are into stories with lots of psychological background. ( )
  venza | Oct 1, 2011 |
Good idea, pedestrian writing. ( )
  ShellyS | Aug 13, 2009 |
Never felt a connect to the story. The Mars of Kim Stanley Robinson and Ben Bova was better. ( )
  xavierroy | Jul 29, 2009 |
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All great and honourable actions are accomplished with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages.
-William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation (1621)
Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. With a force mightier than gravity, it attracts the eye to its shimmering red presence in the clear night sky. It is like a glowing ember in a field of ethereal lights, projecting energy and promise.
-John Noble Wilford, Mars Beckons (1990)
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For the Cajun Sushi Hamsters
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Don Quijote approached Mars in perfect silence.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812576489, Paperback)

By the middle of the 21st century, humanity has finally landed men on Mars-only to watch helplessly as the first two missions end in catastrophe and death.

With resources running out, a third-and perhaps final-mission to Mars is hastily mounted, with a crew of four men and two women. But from the moment of their arrival on Mars, everything begins to go wrong. The fuel tanks that were to have supplied their return trip are found corroded and empty. Their supplies are running out and their life support systems are beginning to fail. And any rescue mission won't reach them for months, or even years-if at all.

The crew's only hope for survival lies in a desperate plan: an agonizing trek halfway across the surface of Mars to a ship designed to carry only half their number. Torn by conflict and dissent, and troubled by secrets that endanger them all, they must embark on an ordeal that will test them to the limits of endurance.

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"By the middle of the twenty-first century, after decades of setbacks, humanity has finally achieved a manned landing on Mars - only to watch helplessly as the members of the mission perish in a catastrophic accident. When a second mission ends tragically as well, the world begins to turn its back on manned space exploration." "With time and resources running out, a third - and perhaps final - mission to Mars is hastily mounted, with a crew of four men and two women: John Radkowski, veteran pilot and mission commander; Ryan Martin, quiet, dedicated systems engineer; Cham Limpigomolchai, a brilliant Thai geologist; Tana Jackson, an exacting mission biologist; Estrela Conselheiro, a fiery Brazilian whose husband was lost on the first Mars mission, and Trevor Whitman, a brash young man who gains his place on the mission through an international lottery." "From the moment of their landing on Mars, everything begins to go wrong. The fuel tanks that were to have supplied their return trip are found corroded and empty. Their supplies are running out and their life support systems are beginning to fail. And any rescue mission won't reach them for months, or even years - if help comes at all."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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