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A Step Beyond [Paperback]

C. K. Anderson
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Oct. 1 2001
2021. Four years after the first manned mission to Mars ends in tragic failure, a joint U.S.-Russian mission blasts off in two ships, each crew equally determined to set foot upon the inhospitable Red Planet.

The commander of the Liberty, Colonel Tom Nelson, struggles to hold his crew together as tensions rise during the long voyage...tensions made worse when an accident puts the entire mission at risk. Meanwhile, aboard the Druzhba, Commander Dmitri Komarov faces tensions of a different sort as he finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful technician Tatiana Pavlova, wife of the ship's pilot, Vladimir.

The dangers both crews must face are many, from mechanical failures to the natural hazards of solar flares. Waiting for them on Mars, at the chosen landing sites of Valles Marineris, a chasm nine times the size of the Grand Canyon, and Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, are dangers greater still, dangers both known and unknown. But something else is waiting as well...


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"If you're looking for realistic, high-tech science fiction, you've found it... Anderson really knows his stuff, and it shows." -- Geoffrey A. Landis, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Mars Crossing

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In A Step Beyond, first-time novelist C. K. Anderson has penned a thrilling debut notable for its grittily realistic portrayal of the many dangers and obstacles encountered in the first manned trip to Mars. This is fast-paced science fiction in the classic, can-do tradition of Clarke and Benford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Real People - Real Problems Oct. 30 2002
Format:Paperback
A great read that gives the reader some idea of how complicated space travel is with out making us feel dumb in the process. I used to fantasize about being an astronaut on a journey to Mars. I have had to revise my fantasy since reading this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real People - Real Problems Oct. 30 2002
By Gil Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great read that gives the reader some idea of how complicated space travel is with out making us feel dumb in the process. I used to fantasize about being an astronaut on a journey to Mars. I have had to revise my fantasy since reading this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Science Reality Jan. 16 2002
By Kenneth M. Lampe - Published on Amazon.com
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Science-Fiction was low in my reading order because of the "made-up" events and "magical" solutions. A Step Beyond smacks you in the face with reality. The excitement of exploration and the resolve of the human spirit is highlighted by the fact that this could "really" happen. Well-written, full of human questions and exciting situations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping High-Tech Drama from a Newcomer Feb. 25 2002
By John C. Snider - Published on Amazon.com
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Freshman novelist C. K. Anderson has delivered a gripping high-tech drama cast with believable, imperfect characters. Anderson's mastery of the technology of space travel and the Martian environment is remarkable - but he stops just short of delivering too much scientific detail. As a first novel from a previously unpublished author, A Step Beyond has a few minor rough edges, and it's a fairly orthodox Martian adventure - but it's a very well-done Martian adventure and an impressive effort overall. It holds up well in comparison to similar near-future adventures like Ben Bova's Mars and Geoffrey A. Landis's Mars Crossing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction First -- Great Science AND Great Fiction Nov. 9 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The literature of Mars exploration is growing geometrically, but until now has largely favored fantasy over reality. Chris Anderson has focused on the reality that awaits us, and has produced a novel that grips our minds as well as our emotions. His insights into how a small group of astronauts will be able to carry out a comprehensive exploration of the vast and tortured surface of the red planet are extraordinary, because they are both novel and credible. Anderson's account of what the astronauts find occurs, perhaps, on the frontier at which science ends and imagination begins, but it is a product of the imagination of an informed and disciplined mind. Anderson is to be praised not only for giving us a foretaste of what the actual landing of humans on Mars may reveal, but also for wrapping his account in a compelling story of the emotional challenges facing the earthlings chosen to carry out the greatest adventure ever undertaken by mankind. A compelling read!
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT March 11 2010
By C.Q. - Published on Amazon.com
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I so loved this book. I am not much of a reader of fiction, *at all*. I wanted a novel that was about Space. I love movies like "Aliens" but I'm so sick of Space movies with initially super-cool stories that turn out to be alien thrillers. Stupid, I say. And all the books that I could find online seemed to be the same. Until this one. I wanted a book without aliens that was realistic sci-fi. This was perfect for me.

It did have a little bit of Evolution stuff - Evolution is hogwash science fiction itself. But I didn't care. It was like a jewel in a barn. The ending was a tad lame. But I still didn't care. Great read, it is! The technicalities are great. I could have loved even more but no complaints here. Except if I were to be extra-critical, I could kind of tell a couple times where the author didn't himself understand his description, as he was relying on his technical contributor. But again, so what. I'm going to look into the other similar books mentioned by another reviewer. One of a kind, in my super-minimal exposure.
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