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Marooned on Mars (Winston Science Fiction Book 5) by [del Rey, Lester]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
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  • Publisher: Thunderchild Publishing (14 Feb. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Sci-Fi Classic 11 Mar. 2015
By W. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great adolescent sci-fi classic. Obviously much of the science is dated and inaccurate, but it is still a fun read. I read it at about age 12 and loved it. Re-read it for nostalgia's sake and enjoyed it again.
4.0 out of 5 stars 50's Kids sf at it's best. 26 Mar. 2014
By wfm - Published on Amazon.com
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If the Tom Corbett series had been just a little bit better written, this would have fit well inside that series.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good shape book 20 Dec. 2009
By R. Vivace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book came in good shape from the supplier. I got this as a present for my dad for Christmas; it was the first book that turned him on to science fiction, and he wanted a copy of it. Thank you!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Fun After All These Years 2 Mar. 2014
By DELee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Many of us who came to science fiction in the 1950s credit our introduction to the genre to the Winston series. Winston recruited a stable of well-established SF authors, including such icons as Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Bova, Lester del Rey, and Poul Anderson, to write a series of books for the 13-17 age group. Marooned on Mars is one of several Winston SF books by Lester del Rey (who also wrote under the names Philip Saint John and Erik Van Lhin) that have recently become available as e-Books. Del Rey was unquestionably one of the best writers who contributed to the Winston series. He was also the most prolific, writing nine of the novels, plus the one nonfiction book (Rockets Through Space), in the series.

Marooned on Mars is a neat little account of the first voyage to The Red Planet and first contact with alien entities. (That’s not a spoiler. The astronauts discover almost as soon as they land that they’re not alone.) The plot is relatively simple: Who or what are these Martians? Are they intelligent beings or just curious animals, and how the heck do they manage to keep sneaking up on us all the time?! As is typical of most del Rey novels the characters are well developed and quite believable. The story moves at a fast pace.

Del Rey’s Mars is fairly consistent with the planet NASA has revealed to us since the book was initially published in 1952. Maybe there’s a little more sand and quite a bit more air than Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity have found, but it’s not hard to see the world of Marooned on Mars as the planet that’s actually out there. For all we know the Martians as del Rey envisioned them may even be there!

This isn’t del Rey’s best contribution to the Winston series, but it’s still a good read for those of us who initially enjoyed it 60 years ago.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Castaways on the Red Planet 17 Dec. 2007
By Paul Camp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Once upon a time, in the 1950s, there was a line of science fiction novels-- 36 in all-- for young readers published by the John C. Winston Company. They weren't quite on par with the juveniles written by Robert A. Heinlein or Andre Norton, but the overall quality was still fairly high.

Lester del Rey was the king of the Winston authors. Under his own name and pseudonyms like Philip St. John, Eric Van Lhin, and Kenneth Wright, he wrote roughly a third of the Winston novels. The quality was uneven, ranging from very good to mediocre. Some, like _Step to the Stars_ (1954), still read well today. Others, like _Rocket Jockey_ (1952), seem hopelessly dated. _Marooned on Mars_ (1952) is a fairly average entry-- neither del Rey at his best nor his worst. On the positive side, it has characters that are well-drawn, a clear and readable style, and convincing background details. (Del Rey's Mars seems realistic and believable.) On the negative side, it suffers from a plot that is highly predictable. You know well in advance what the hero is going to do , what changes he will undergo, and what discoveries he will make.

When I first read this book as a teenager, I'll admit that I didn't notice these aspects of the plot. But I did notice something about the title. Yes, it alliterates. (I knew about alliteration because I had started to read some of the Perry Mason mysteries, like _The Case of the Caretaker's Cat_.) But it seemed to me that the title didn't make complete sense. Yes, the spacemen are stranded on Mars with little hope of rescue. But the cause of the disaster was accidental. Somebody who is marooned on a desert island or planet would be deliberately abandoned by somebody else. But "marooned" has a couple of other meanings. It was an old word for a black slave, which doesn't have much of anything to do with the story. But it is also a color-- a deep red. And Mars is the red planet. Sometimes a title doesn't make a literal sense, but it still _feels_ right. _Marooned on Mars_ somehow felt right to me. The book is not without its flaws. But give it a try.
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