February 22, 2016

The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

Title:  The Sands of Mars
Author:  Arthur C. Clarke
Pages:  252
Genre:  Science Fiction
Publisher:  Warner Books, 2001
Series:  Stand Alone

Synopsis:  Science-fiction writer Martin Gibson finally gets a chance to visit the research colony on the Red Planet.  It's a dream come true -- until he discovers the difficulties and perils of survival on another world....and the very real terror it holds.

Review:  This was a fun story, with plenty of interesting characters.  It was written in 1952, so most of what the author describes about Mars has since been proven wrong, but that doesn't take away from the story.

What makes this story feel dated is that there are people living on Mars.....but the writer, Martin, is using a typewriter and carbon paper to write his articles.  He also owns a camera that has film that has to be developed back on Earth.  There are other examples of far-outdated technology, but I think you get the idea.

Still, it was a fun story.  I liked the animals they find on Mars.  Little Squeak is too cute for words.  This book was more fiction than real science but, considering how old it is, I think it held up better than some newer novels I've read.  It wasn't anywhere near as good as The City and the Stars though.

Rating:  5.5 / 10

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