It is a world shrouded in mystery-a planet pocket by meteors. baked by ultraviolet light, and covered by endless deserts the color of dried blood.
To this harsh and unforgiving planet travel the twenty-five astronauts of the international Mars mission. Now,as the landers touch down and the base dome is inflated and the robotic explorers are sent aloft,they must somehow come together in a struggle of discovery and survival.
Batting deadly meteor showers, subzero temperatures,and a mysterious"Mars virus, these intrepid explorers are on their way to the most incredible and shocking discovery of all.
Epic in scope, unparalleled in execution. Mars is an unforgettable portrait of space, politics, science and humanity that captures for all time the mystery and wonder of an alienfrontier.
"IN mars, Ben Bova re-creates for us much of that first excitement we felt in reading about the possibilities of space flight or.Later.witnessing the earliest manned exploration."
-Loss Angeles Times Book Review
"The definitive novel about our fascinating neighbor."
-Arthur C. Clarke
"An intelligent entertaining story that may also serve as a rallying cry."
"Mars is an exemplary summer read...[with]adventurous,brilliant,over -the-edge characters...[and]a convincing imaginative core in bova's carefully imagined, striking, and spooky portrait of the planet."
-Voice Literary Supplement