Earthbound (Marsbound Series #3)

Earthbound (Marsbound Series #3)

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by Joe Haldeman
     
 

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"One of science fiction's most reliable practitioners" (San Francisco Chronicle) continues his saga of space exploration.

The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth's fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the

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"One of science fiction's most reliable practitioners" (San Francisco Chronicle) continues his saga of space exploration.

The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth's fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way, using nineteenthcentury technology, to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If there was a Fort Knox for the science fiction writers who really matter, we'd have to lock Haldeman up there."-Stephen King

"Haldeman trips through history wearing alien goggles, but his message is all about human nature."-Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Earthbound:

"This is one of the best Haldeman novels, all told in crisp prose and ending not without hope."-City Book Review

"An enjoyable story filled with action and surprise."-Night Owl Reviews

"Heaven as my witness, I wish it were a longer book, so that I could have stayed in its world just a bit more…Wow."-Blogcritics.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441020959
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
A Marsbound Novel Series, #3
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula awards. He has served twice as president of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Earthbound 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book of the series, "Marsbound", was excellent...but it should have been left alone. The second and third felt like movie sequels - needed to continue the story for popularity/profit reasons, but the author really didn't have much left to say, or much interest in saying it. The second, "Starbound", was okay, but felt like a transitional story. The third, this one, was very disappointing. After going on in an uninspired "Post-Apocalypse" form, it just....stops. One gets the distinct impression that the author was just sick of it all, wanted to get on with other things, and just created a Deus Ex Machina of the worst sort just to have some sort of quickie resolution. I suppose he could claim that was the point of the arc of the story, facing the caprious and godlike "Others", and that it was intended to more a character study and evocative of life, which often is capricious and just ends....but if that were the case, the character development is just to shallow to qualify. If it's to be "space opera," then do that justice! The author is here unfair to to his readers, as we invest time and commitment (not to mention, money) in the main characters, only to have them cursorily tossed aside. Perhaps there will be fourth to have a better resolution - and frankly, to make it up to his readers - but I'll be very leery of it, and his other works, after this...which is a shame, because when he's really engaged, as in "Marsbound" and "The Forever War", he's a master.
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
This is the third (and so far last) book of the Marsbound trilogy. It is quite different from the previous novels. The first takes place mostly on Mars, the second mostly in deep space, and the last mostly on a future Earth. Much of this book has a post-apocalyptic feel. This is always a fascinating topic for me; however, here it is only part of a much larger story. I could so this story easily being continued in many additional volumes, but the plot seems to be wrapped up (a bit suddenly) at the end. I enjoyed this trilogy and its exploration of a lot of complex ideas, but many questions were left unanswered. I like the way Mr. Haldeman writes. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
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Good conclusion of the series!
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She walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. So since the RP theme has so many possibilities and godmod-worthy stuff, here are some rules: 1: Don't godmod. Duh. (Though stuff like PK starstorm and rockin are allowed. Just don't abuse it!) 2: You need to be aware that PSI is limited so that you don't blow up the world 2 seconds into the RP. 3: No invincible enemies. But of course who would want to be a living statue? 4: Anybody who wants to be their own character not from the series, or a monster, post their bio on result 2. At least with official characters, you can look up online. And enemies need personality. 5: Don't be boring! Nobody likes a boring RP. And that's it! Have fun!