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Geologist Jamie Waterman Is A Last Minute Replacement On The First International Mars Landing Team He Endures Training Rigors, Personality Conflicts, Political Intrigues, And Over Million Kilometers Travel In Space The Crew Battle An Alien Landscape And Earthbound Bureaucrats Heading Toward A Chasm Over Times The Arizona Grand Canyon, They Make A Shocking Find

10 thoughts on “Mars

  1. says:

    Bullet Review What an utter disappointment Childhood Me is sitting in a corner, sobbing Adult Me is just totally amused at how such an interesting concept can go so wrong in so many different ways.For people who think all scifi sucks, that it s just a bunch of robots wandering around technobabbling and being hideously racist and sexist, this is not going to make any new believers.2 stars, and all those stars are for the scenes on Mars that deal with MARS not the automatons masquerading as explorers.You better d BELIEVE this will have a full review I ve owned the paperback copy for over 4 years and have dreamed of landing on Mars for over a decade.Full Review Jaime Waterman is half Navajo and full renowned geologist heading as one of a dozen explorers to Mars The international team lands on Mars, explores, makes way for Jaime Marty Stu to call all the shots, comes down with a STUPID disease, and then gets stuck in a crater perfect for Jaime Stu to come and save the day.My childhood dream was to go to Mars I dreamed that I would be an engineer on a first Mars mission I think my goal was to have landed THIS YEAR I came up with my first words for my first landing, imagined who my teammates would be, planned out what foreign language I would learn Russian, of course And then I grew up and realized that things change when you grow up There is a part of me that would still LOVE to be the first to step foot on Mars, but given the decimation of the US Space Program, that dream is even further into the future.This is what I used to dream.So as a last vestige of the wide eyed, imaginative girl that I once was, I bought this book A friend recommended it as well, so I bumped it up the list And then I nabbed an audiobook at the library and squeezed it into my packed reading schedule.Let s imagine this graphically, shall we I have compiled a TOTALLY LEGIT and SCIENTIFICALLY OBJECTIVE graph for this experiment Let T Percentage through Book, R Embarrassing Racism, X Sexualization of every female, and S Stupidity Then if f T E Excitement for book, the formula is approximately f T E 2 Pi 2R X S 2T TOr in words I hate Crystal Starr Light and want her to lose her effing mind This book embraces most of the stereotypes people get when they think of science fiction in general, hard science fiction specifically.Racism Check.Sexist characters Check.Robot characters Check.Male character who can do no wrong and always gets his way Check.Science and technology for science and technology s state Check.Politicians are BAD, science is GOOD Check.Strawmen politicians and reporters for the scientists to show how science is good Check.About the only thing it is missing is Little Green Men parading into the picture but this is HARD scifi, not that wimpy soft stuff that has woowoo science and humanoid aliens.I REALLY REALLY wanted to love this book And I DID love it when Bova shut up about his awful, stupid characters, their awful, stupid drama and looked at the science and world of Mars GREAT stuff, completely captivating But if to get to that stuff it means I have to spend even an HOUR listening to Jaime call himself a Red Man or laugh about the privilege being a Native American gives him or comment on how childish Joanna looks all the while wanting to seriously bone her UMKAY, I m getting OFF this bus KTHXBAI.Where Bova fails is the characters They are weak, badly written, and dull From Jaime Waterman to Ilona to Tony Reed to the Russian astronauts with difficult to spell last names SORRY PEEPS, I listened on audiobook and have no ear for spelling out American names, much less Russian ones , all the characters are about as interesting ashmmm, I would say a Martian rock, but those suckers are fascinating How about coffee grounds They have one note, one character and that s it.And what s worse, when Bova attempts to create diversity, much headbanging ensues I would applaud his non white characters, his attempt to include women if they weren t SO BLAND If they actually FELT like non white, non American characters, instead of whiteboards painted with green and yellow and orange paint If the women weren t all grouped into whores or madonnas.And Jaime God, I hate Jaime He s our protagonist, which means everything he does is perfect and wonderful He thinks there is something to be discovered in the Grand Canyon of Mars The WHOLE MISSION PLAN must be changed so they can investigate who cares if Patel has other plans that he has spent DECADES on, nope, gotta follow Jaime s intuition Jaime can sleep with Ilona, but Eddie sleeping around, even though they aren t in a committed relationship WHORE The other grating part of the story is the ludicrous Mars virus that the crew catches.HINT It s not a virus.Another hint The meteor shower that happens earlier in the book is the cause of this virus a twist that MIGHT have been clever had the disease NOT been one that takes at least 3 months to actually show signs And even then, it s nowhere near as deathly as is shown in the book As for the plot well, it s dated A bunch of late 80 s early 90 s politics crammed into a scifi book It was mildly amusing in places, but not very believable or well done After awhile, I just wanted it to be OVER.And of course, the only female high ranking official is a cutthroat b tch I wouldn t have a problem with this if there was than one female politician women can be b tches too after all This was narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, who had read the Something Wicked This Way Comes that I was greatly underwhelmed with The good news is that he didn t completely bore me with this book as he had with the previous Obviously I don t care for Bradbury in audiobook form The bad news is, his accents are silly, and in one case, he gives a character a Russian accent when the text EXPLICITLY STATES that that character had no discernible accent FAIL Still, he does have a soothing voice, and it s not completely grating to listen to.What is most disappointing is just how mediocre this book is From a science standpoint, everything is sound and very probable Now politically, I sincerely doubt the crew would look this multi national, but that s just me The subject is fascinating It s the characters and plot that just flounder and flail Boring Racist Sexist Badly written I will not be returning to Mars or any other planetary location with Ben Bova anytime in the future.

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    After hating Bova s Titan what was I thinking going right into another of his novels It s the COVER ART damn it I am such a sucker And this book is just pure trash The characters are straight out of an exceptionally bad SyFy movie I finished the book only because I wanted to convince myself it was consistently boring and stupid I keep telling myself I will never read Bova again, yet I find myself getting sucked in from cover art, misleading blurbs or my latent desire to commit a form of painfully slow suicide The writing is stilted The characters are cardboard The treatment of ethnicity is juvenile and insulting if I read red man one time I will puke And not to be picky, but if you are going to have characters that are Brazilian, shouldn t they actually speak Portuguese and not Spanish.The deadly meteor shower is nothing but a bunch of pebbles falling quietly on the ground The sub zero temperatures don t matter because the whole Mars team is safely protected And as for the Mars virus, you guessed it there is none They get a vitamin deficiency thanks to the lack of brain power on Mars And, it takes FOREVER something like 60 pages for them to finally realize that they have scurvy The book cover says that at the Grand Canyon of Mars, the team finds the ultimate discovery What it it Hell, we don t know, because the author forgets to tell us Is it a Martian city A big friggin odd looking rock cliff Oh for Christ s sakes, couldn t you at least have given us some kind of pay off at the end I hereby vow on all that is sacred, and my complete set of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, never to read another book by this author Until I pick one up at the flea market and find myself seduced like a cheap hooker.

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    Mars is Ben Bova s love letter to space exploration it s a novel length booster for a manned Mars program A very well conceived and engaging in places novel, you should not read it expecting it to be space opera or really, any kind of adventure aside from the inevitable dangers of flying to another planet Mars stays strictly hard SF, so even when the possibility of life on Mars arises, you can be sure it won t come in the form of ancient cities and little red men, nor hazardous beasties who need to be shot or run from.The main character is Jamie Waterman, a half Navajo geologist who is a member of the first Mars expedition The expedition is a multinational effort, with astronauts and scientists from every country that could afford to chip in Much of the drama in the book involves the politics of the mission the Russians and the Americans jealously keep track of how many astronauts of each country get to join the landing party, the Japanese astronauts are hyper conscious of how they are representing their country, and the resident sexpot deliberately drives the Russians crazy by not sleeping with them because Russians killed her grandfather fifty years ago Meanwhile, back home the founder of the Mars project is trying to balance concerns for the mission including the fact that his own daughter is one of the scientists on Mars with satisfying the politicians, in whose hands rest the decision to send Mars expeditions or not There are politics in space and on the ground, along with dossiers on each character that add depth to their backgrounds so that we understand why each one behaves the way they do on the mission.That said, while the characters were each fleshed out and the story is compellingly plausible, with just enough hazards introduced to make the mission than a long walk in space, it s a little spare as sci fi goes The major life threatening situation that arises a Mars flu that mysteriously afflicts everyone and stumps all the physicians trying to figure out its cause has a clever forehead smacking solution There are hints of Martian life that don t really develop into much by the end of the book, though they are enough to whet the appetites of scientists, and readers of subsequent books in this series There is some political intrigue between Jaimie Waterman, his ambitious journalist girlfriend back on Earth, and the opportunistic Vice President of the United States, each of them trying to get what they want from the other to advance their own agenda I also feel compelled to point out that Bova, like most SF authors of his generation, presents a somewhat narrow range of female characters Many of them are capable and three dimensional, but there is the opportunistic journalist who has no qualms about sleeping her way to the top, there s the promiscuous scientist who takes malicious pleasure in giving the Russians blue balls by screwing everyone else, and there is the Vice President who is described as shrill, strident and generally a conniving power hungry bitch every time she appears An enjoyable if slightly dry hard SF novel that should certainly go on your Mars or Bust reading list 3.5 stars good book, though not very exciting.

  4. says:

    This is a reread review I went straight from one Bova as my bathroom reading, to another Thankfully, I found this one much engrossing and consistent than I did the Kinsman Chronicles The pacing doesn t lag in the middle, as that one did, and I never had trouble convincing myself to pick it up and read a few pages Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

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    I have a love for books about the colonization of Mars that borders on unhealthy I enjoyed this one, but it was impossible to refrain from comparing it to Kim Stanley Robinson s trilogy Red Blue Green And Robinson s trilogy was much satisfying I found the portrayal of characters in Bova s Mars to be caricatured, and the personal conflicts much soap opera y This book also had much less futuristic technologies and whatnot in Robinson s books, he described fictional technologies in a way that made me thing DAMN, why hasn t that been invented yet but in this book, the mission to Mars looked pretty much like what I imagine our first Mars mission will actually look like so I just kept thinking yeah, why haven t we done that yet Anyway, my mind is much tickled by the cool stuff in Robinson s books Robinson s characters were also nuanced and believable, and his writing style less cheesy than Bova s sometimes is.For someone who does NOT plan on reading than one book about Mars, I d recommend Robinson s Red Mars above this one, for sure.I still liked reading it though, and pretending I didn t choose the wrong career to allow me to go to Mars during my lifetime.

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    Mars isn t everyone s conception of what science fiction is supposed to be this is no sweeping, epic space opera populated by intelligent robots and raygun wielding starship captains Rather, Mars is a story of exploration set against a brutally inhospitable backdrop A realistic take on what the first manned mission to the red planet may actually be like, Mars presents challenges that are personal and environmental rather than the product of some moustache twirling villain s skulduggery Anyone fascinated by the scientific and sociological implications of space exploration will find Mars an absolute delight Those looking for Star Trek will be sorely disappointed.

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    A Review of Mars, a novel by Ben BovaAuthor of over 120 novels and nonfiction books, Ben Bova is well known in science fiction circles In his fiction, Bova writes in a saga sweeping style that is well researched and dedicated to realistic portrayal First published by Bantam in 1992, Mars is a story written from the point of view of a Native American geologist, Dr Jamie Waterman, who is a member of the fictional multinational team to land on and explore Mars Waterman s lifelong dream is to be among the first to explore the red planet Bova s characterization of Waterman is that of a serious young man committed to ideals arising from his native American heritage and to his passion for science Bova has woven romance into the story, although it certainly takes a rationalized backseat to the character s exploits Bova s interests also lead us into political territory as we witness the maneuverings of those in charge up and down the chain of command from team members to mission managers to project managers and clear up to the President of the United States Perhaps the most interesting character in the book is Alberto Brumado, an Argentinean who is portrayed as the driving force behind the entire project.Mars is an interesting read with solid science, a testimony to Bova s meticulous research A great deal of the story surrounds the question of whether there could be life on an apparently dead planet Bova shows how life could indeed exist in such a desolate and foreboding place Recent analyses of Mars proving the existence of water in its varied forms has shown that Bova was certainly on the right track.Bova also touches upon other topical issues by referring backhandedly to such matters as racial and gender equality His female characters are drawn out at least as well as his male characters with each covering a wide range of personality types For example, Waterman has two romantic interests in the story One is portrayed as a Texas bred, professional journalist willing to do anything for her career while the other is a coy scientist equally dedicated to her pursuit of science Additionally, the fictional female Vice President of the United States is portrayed as a ruthless political animal The striking similarity that exists between all of Bova s female characters is that they are all strong to a fault, unyielding in their determination The coy scientist who accompanies Waterman to Mars comes across as the most sympathetic She is, incidentally, the Brumado character s daughter.Reaching a page count of 549 pages, Mars is a not exactly light reading However, for true science fiction fans, it is a page turner Fantasy readers beware Mars has no dragons, sorcerers, hobbits, swords, or even alternate universes, unless that is, you count the inner workings of American politics.

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    I m ambivalent This was a delightfully nerdy novel about humanity s first trip to Mars and a clutter of cliches and worn down tropes that didn t give Ben Bova s nerdy ambitions the narrative breathing room it deserved I loved that MARS was anchored in realism and yet let the reader mirror a boundless future The strong writing and the rationalism of MARS won me over and got me to continue reading despite my issues with the novel.MARS is a rare case of a novel suffering from too much exposition Every interaction between characters was so telegraphed and heavy handed There s a lot interest, there s a despicable villain There s also a tight geo political situation on Earth Everything you think you would find in a space exploration novel is in MARS, but everything that s in space exploration novels you ve already read is in Mars too I thought MARS was fun, but not all that involving If you re a space exploration nut like me, you re going to love it, if not you can skip a turn.

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    the rocks in this book have personality than the characters No I m serious there s this lovely martian boulder with a green streak in it that has all this. this potential this guy knows his science but can t write complex emotion for shit.

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    Rounded up from 2.5 stars Mars is typical Bova, in that the bulk of the novel focuses on descriptions of machinery and landscapes, racial and sexist stereotypes, and interpersonal relationships straight out of middle school, while a minimum of the plot is actually given over to science fiction concepts or, indeed, storyline It was not his worst, but it was not good.