cover image Marsbound


Joe Haldeman, . . Ace, $24.95 (304pp) ISBN 978-0-441-01595-5

As the Phoenix spacecraft begins examining Mars for conditions favorable to life, two renowned science fiction authors create very different stories of Martian cultures.

Marsbound Joe Haldeman . Ace , $24.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-441-01595-5

Hugo and Nebula–winner Haldeman infuses this yarn with his teen narrator's intelligent curiosity. Carmen Dula, part of the first human colony on Mars, looks like a typical young adult heroine: distanced from her parents, irritated by her bratty younger sibling and beset by tyrannical colony administrator Dargo Solingen. Then she accidentally discovers real Martians living in an underground city and has to convince Solingen that her story is true. When the Martians reveal a terrible threat to life on Earth, it's up to Carmen and her friends to save the day. Recalling Robert A. Heinlein's Red Planet and Podkayne of Mars , Haldeman updates the Martian setting while keeping faith in his characters' ability to respond to unexpected challenges. (Aug.)