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07:10 pm: First Landing by Robert Zubrin

In the front of this book, the first acknowledgment is Jonathan Vos Post and almost everybody I know has him killfiled or banned. In the back of the book, we see Zubrin's plan (with illos) to get to Mars and find that's the plot of the book. I understand that he has some very good nonfiction Mars books, but this SF book is not good.

Lots of horrible things happen to one or more of them, and nobody is hurt in the entire book. Two sets of the five people hate each other in the beginning, even thinking the other is the saboteur, but at the end they change instantly to BFFs! Awwwww

Back on Earth batches of people are bad, but jailed or good at the end. The characters are cardboard dolls dressed in tabbed paper clothes.

Fortunately, it's a short book.

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From:beamjockey
Date:February 1st, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
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There's a long tradition of rocket engineers writing not-very-good novels, incorporating their favorite space travel plans. Tsiolkovsky did it. Von Braun did it.
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From:beamjockey
Date:February 1st, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
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I hasten to add that I have not read the book in question, so I do not have an opinion about how good it is.

I do recall that when his second novel came out, the author tried really, really hard to get me to buy a copy. You don't know hand-selling until you've been hand-sold by Bob Zubrin.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 1st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
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LOL Maybe too many people bought the first one and won't consider the second one. I've got it in the bookgroup tote and taken it off my bookbase.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 1st, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
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I'll remember not to buy their's!
From:etumukutenyak
Date:February 1st, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
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Fortunately, it's a short book.

OUCH! What a review -- I love it!
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 1st, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
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It deserved it!
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