{4.5/5} “Mars would be the crowning achievement of a new era of international cooperation. After a century of war and terrorism and mass murder, a cosmic irony turned the blood-red planet named after the god of war into the new century’s blessed symbol of peaceful cooperation.”

Mars by Ben Bova, published in 1992

Once the political will is there, the first human mission to Mars is put together relatively quickly. An international team is chosen. 25 astronauts and scientists will go — 12 of them will spend 60 days on the surface. Jamie, a geologist, was a replacement — the 1st geologist had a health emergency, and the 2nd was voted out by his fellow teammates because they disliked him immensely. They’ll be working on a variety of projects, including searching for water — and life.

This novel should be read by people planning to go to Mars in real life.

It’s about the dangers and joys of exploration, and the schemes and unexpected partnerships of politics. It’s about the relationships between a small number of people stuck together in close quarters.

This is the 1st book I’ve read by Bova.

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