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From the Nebula Award–winning author of Timescape and Foundation’s Fear comes a hard-science thriller about the race to Mars.

When an explosion of the rocket launching the Mars Transit Vehicle kills four crewmen, the US decides to redirect its energies to near-Earth projects, killing the manned mission to Mars. But tycoon John Axelrod assembles a consortium to fund the project, and he expects to net billions. But a European-Asian airbus will make a similar expedition. Now, the race is on to get to the Red Planet first.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Benford is a rarity: a scientist who writes with verve and insight not only about black holes and cosmic strings but about human desires and fears.”

    New York Times Book Review, praise for the author

  • “Engaging and thorough.”


  • “Among the most believable in recent genre literature…Strange and beautiful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One of the premier crafters of the genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “Adventure, relationships, discovery, and the pursuit of fame and fortune all add up to a page-turner for teens who like their science fiction rooted solidly in science.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Benford is as expert as ever at seamlessly melding characterization, technology, and narrative drive in an effective novel that takes its place near the front of the pack of Martian-yarn contenders.”


  • “Taut, plausible, and full of ideas.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Gabrielle de Cuir takes listeners inside an exhilarating competition to explore Mars in this lively science-fiction production…De Cuir skillfully brings to life the multifaceted Aussie biologist and her international crew mates, with a multitude of authentic accents. She also keeps the necessary flashbacks of backstory wonderfully animated. The result is one satisfying Martian journey.”


  • “Combines a realistic Mars mission plan with a dynamic plot and a sense of wonder to produce a real page-turner. One of the finest novels about human exploration of the Red Planet ever written.”

    Dr. Robert Zubrin, president of The Mars Society and author of The Case for Mars

  • “Both gritty and inspiring! Benford has a deep grasp of how the future might be seized, one bold move at a time.”

    David Brin, author of Foundation’s Triumph

  • “A fascinating drama of total plausibility…I predict that many of the ideas in this book will soon make the transition from fiction to fact.”

    Paul Davies, author of The Fifth Miracle

  • “Benford emulates the winning strategy of Prince Henry the Navigator to achieve one of our dearest dreams—to land humans on Mars. Mission planners at NASA might seriously consider taking a leaf from this book.”

    Eric Kotani, author of Legacy of Prometheus

  • “Cast in the fiercely anti-establishment tradition of Robert Heinlein, but evolving a twenty-first–century cooperative perspective…A great read…Thought-provoking.”

    Bruce Murray, professor at California Institute of Technology and president of The Planetary Society

  • “Superbly details the ambitions and frailties of both the explorers and the exploiters.”

    John Connolly, planetary scientist

  • “An exciting adventure and a remarkable novel.”

    Nathalie A. Cabrol, planetary scientist

  • “Accurate science…Highly credible…An innovative thriller.”

    Edmond A. Grin, planetary scientist

  • A 2000 Prometheus Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2000 Locus Award Nominee
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