Mars by Ben BovaMars by Ben Bova


byBen Bova

Mass Market Paperback | June 1, 1993

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Twenty-five astronauts of the international Mars mission set down on the harsh and unforgiving planet and soon face deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures, and a mysterious virus.

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Ben Bova, Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began writing fiction in the late 1940's and continued to pursue his careers in journalism, aerospace, education and publishing. Bova received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Temple University, 1954, a master of arts degree in communications from the State University ...
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Title:MarsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 1.2 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:055356241X

ISBN - 13:9780553562415

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it I liked this book a lot. It was not the first book that I read by the author but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Start the "Grand Tour" in style... Basically, this is the tale of the first people to get to Mars, including a young, vaguely emotionally fragile woman biologist, a native north american man geologist, a british doctor, and a whole host of other characters, including a russian pilot, and so on and so forth. They are screened for potential mental illnesses (and most people have raging neuroses, but still manage to get past the screening), and although it's all about getting to Mars together and making it as a world effort, everyone is out for their own country, except for the biologist (who wants to do this for her father, who put together the whole notion of this mission), and the geologist (who is here merely travel and be a bit of a native north american stereotype). With the one caveat that the characters tend to be a little, uh, outdated, this is a solid read, and I can see how much Dr. Bova's books have improved by going back to the beginning. I've been trying to figure out the order of the series for real (it's hard, as he publishes with many publishers, and most of them seem to only list the books he published with them), but I figure I'll read them out of order as well. It's an interesting way to explore the series. The twists and turns of "Mars," are intruiging, and the ultimate explanations of the "Mars virus" rocked - I had to jump online to see how much of it was viable, and it really truly worked. The man is a master of the plausible story.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! You could say that this book is seperated into two parts, training for the mission and being there. The first part is based on facts and what it would really be like during trainin, while the other part, while speculative, tries to keep things credible at all times. There are many great ideas that should be put in the space exploration program as well. Another Sci-Fi book that you can learn alot from.
Date published: 2000-09-19

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Bova's newest novel, Mars, was a commercial and critical sensation in hardcover, reaching both science fiction and mainstream audiences across the country. Told in a grand, sweeping style, it recounts the epic story of the first manned mission to Mars--man's great unconquered frontier.