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The Martian Race by Gregory Benford
The Martian Race by Gregory Benford
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Wrought..., Sept. 1 2000
While The Martian Race definitely lacks the epic proportions of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series or the gentle poeticism of Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, it remains fairly entertaining, well-wrought reading. As a scientist, Benford specializes in hard fact, and this novel certainly offers up plenty of realistic detail. In fact, its the type of novel Benford was made for - hard, speculative science fiction, heavy on the science, light on the characterization. At times, however, it comes uncomfortably close to territory already staked out by Kim Stanley Robinson -- large corporations underwriting space expeditions, the strong, anti-establishment stance of the astronauts,… Read more