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Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World
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on January 20, 2003
Most of this book was actually very interesting. The author describes martian geography, the Mars Global Surveyor, and the evolution of martian maps for the first 3/4's of the book. This part is a great read...the MGS data gives you the sense of how modern this book is. Then just as you really are getting into the book you reach what is essentially a book review for Kim Stanley Robinson. On the back of this book you see acclaim from KSRobinson because our author gives him a favorable review.
Thats one star automatically taken away.
After the review the author Ollie Morton starts getting into Mars politics. Apparently Ollie doesnt like Bob Zubrin...he gets his own chapter in the book. He explains Zubrins Mars Direct plan and then spends the rest of the chapter criticizing it. This theme carries from Zubrins chapter until the end of the book some five chapters later. Way too many Carl Sagan references too, that was a problem in "Lifting Titans Veil" as well. Lets face it the guys been dead a long time now and he gets enough credit. If you look in the glossary of this book KSRobinson and CSagan are two of the largest entries. Ollie you could have cut out a hundred pages of the book. Since you waste the readers time you lose another star.
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