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- Publisher: Thunderchild Publishing (14 Feb. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IGJYVPC
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Marooned on Mars (Winston Science Fiction Book 5) Kindle Edition
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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.
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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