The Sands of Mars

The Sands of Mars

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by Arthur C. Clarke, Traber Burns
     
 

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In Clarke's first published full-length science fiction novel, renowned science fiction writer Martin Gibson joins the spaceship Ares, the world's first interplanetary ship for passenger travel, on its maiden voyage to Mars. His mission: to report back to the home planet about the new Mars colony and the progress it has been making.

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In Clarke's first published full-length science fiction novel, renowned science fiction writer Martin Gibson joins the spaceship Ares, the world's first interplanetary ship for passenger travel, on its maiden voyage to Mars. His mission: to report back to the home planet about the new Mars colony and the progress it has been making.

First published in 1951, before the achievement of space flight, Clarke addresses hard physical and scientific issues with aplomb—and the best scientific understanding of the times. Included are the challenges of differing air pressures, lack of oxygen, food provisions, severe weather patterns, construction on Mars, and methods of local travel-both on the surface and to the planet's two moons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491583203
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
01/13/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke was considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways: an article he wrote in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke - both fiction and nonfiction - have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He died in 2008 at the age of 90.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1917
Date of Death:
March 19, 2008
Place of Birth:
Minehead, Somerset, England
Place of Death:
Sri Lanka
Education:
1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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The Sands of Mars 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sands of Mars is the story of a best-selling author who takes a trip to the colony on Mars, only to discover that the colony has been keeping secrets from the home planet Earth. Really, it's just a thinly-veiled excuse for Clarke to describe his idea (in the 1950's, when this was written and published) for what space travel and life on Mars might be like in the late 20th century. Obviously, the late 20th century turned out nothing like what this book (and many others like it published in that era) thought it might. You may imagine how dated the story and its ideas sound today. Worse than being dated, this book is BORING! Even 50 years ago it would have been valid to criticize Clarke for taking too long to move his thin plot along. Surprisingly, Clarke -- who has been justly criticized for ignoring character development -- actually makes an effort in that department, although most of his characters remain unmemorable and two-dimensional. I offer a rating of three-stars only because of the author's reputation and body of work. If you are not a fan of classic sci-fi, or of the author, feel free to subtract a star or two.