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Posted October 6, 2005
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.
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