This feels like throw back science fiction which may be an oxymoron. The story is about the first manned mission to Mars. It had the feel of the stories I read as a child which was a long, long time ago in the far, far away.
The most dismaying and probably accurate factor in the story was the way politics impact something as important as space exploration. A President who believes that the world needs a space frontier to both unite it and provide hope is opposed by a self serving senator who want to be President. This would be trite if it wasn't so realistic. You can't pick up the paper (age showing) or read news on the net without an example of political corruption. As I write this, the TV news is discussing a
governor's indictment. We have to
accept that we live in an imperfect world and hope that the general population
can be made to understand how important a viable frontier is to our national
Probably obvious that the book was preaching to the choir. The technology and industry already jump started by our space program should make it so obvious that space exploration is hardly a waste of money. With the short sighted poltical climate in DC we have to hope that private industry can demonstrate successful space flight and perhaps shame Congress into providing support.
This book is a novelization of my diatribe above.
I enjoyed the book and Ben Bova's periodic editorials in the Naples Daily News.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.