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Joe Haldemans “adept plotting, strong pacing, and sense of grim stoicism have won him wide acclaim” (The Washington Post) and numerous honors for such works as The Forever War, The Accidental Time Machine, and the Marsbound trilogy. Now, the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author pits a lone war veteran against a mysterious enemy who is watching his every move—and threatens him with more than death unless he kills for them.

Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago, Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a Hollywood script outline. Its an opportunity to build his writing career, and a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors.

But Jacks other talent is also in demand. A package arrives on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunition—and the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a “bad man.” The twisted offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They prove that they have Jack under surveillance. He cant run. He cant hide. And if he doesnt take the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead.

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"Hugo and Nebula — winner Haldeman infuses this yarn with his teen narrator's intelligent curiosity. Carmen Dula, part of the first human colony on Mars, looks like a typical young adult heroine: distanced from her parents, irritated by her bratty younger sibling and beset by tyrannical colony administrator Dargo Solingen. Then she accidentally discovers real Martians living in an underground city and has to convince Solingen that her story is true. When the Martians reveal a terrible threat to life on Earth, it's up to Carmen and her friends to save the day. Recalling Robert A. Heinlein's Red Planet and Podkayne of Mars, Haldeman updates the Martian setting while keeping faith in his characters' ability to respond to unexpected challenges." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--they're going to Mars, in this novel from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of "The Accidental Time Machine" and "Old Twentieth."

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2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

2036: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. But even as humanity contends with the consequences of its most brilliant creation, there are those who have their own designs for the robots: enslavement…or annihilation.

Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital when a violent crime strikes her very close to home.

When she was young, Susan lost her mother in a terrible car wreck that also badly injured her father. She now believes the accident was an attempted murder by government powers who wanted her parents dead. Susan has always known that there was a faction of the U.S. government that wanted to hijack her father’s work for military use. Now, it seems that faction is back.

As she struggles to overcome her pain and confusion as well as deal with her studies, Susan finds herself hunted by violent anti-tech vigilantes who would revert mankind to the dark ages—and at the same time watched very closely by extremists who want high-tech genocide. Somehow she must find a way to stop them both.

About the Author

Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Shoshana, December 4, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Marsbound invokes Heinlein at many turns, not least in its nod to Podkayne of Mars (including the female teen narrator with a younger brother and their adventures on Mars). The style is similar to Heinlein's juvenile novels, but with frank sexual intrusions that would be more characteristic of his middle period. This provides an interesting comparison to Haldeman's much-lauded The Forever War with its critique of Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

After a relatively slow opening, the story darkens, though sometimes not enough to generate suspense. Anachronistic details are jarring but do add to the impression of reading out of date juvenile science fiction: Wet diapers in the space suits, for example, or "virtual reality" college classes that must be synchronized with real time classrooms. (My students aren't hurtling away from me on a spaceship, but I still find it more convenient to teach online classes asynchronously.)

Haldeman gives the reader a nice description of aliens who don't understand aspects of their own lives. This evokes the feeling of Clarke's Childhood's End. (Unfortunately, there's a little of 3rd Rock from the Sun's Big Giant Head as well.)

Marsbound could stand alone, albeit in an unsatisfactory way, but is clearly to be followed by one or more sequels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441015955
Author:
Haldeman, Joe
Publisher:
Ace
Author:
Reichert, Mickey Zucker
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Angels
Subject:
Space colonies
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Mars (planet)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A Marsbound Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20090728
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.19 x 1.01 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Ace Books - English 9780441015955 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hugo and Nebula — winner Haldeman infuses this yarn with his teen narrator's intelligent curiosity. Carmen Dula, part of the first human colony on Mars, looks like a typical young adult heroine: distanced from her parents, irritated by her bratty younger sibling and beset by tyrannical colony administrator Dargo Solingen. Then she accidentally discovers real Martians living in an underground city and has to convince Solingen that her story is true. When the Martians reveal a terrible threat to life on Earth, it's up to Carmen and her friends to save the day. Recalling Robert A. Heinlein's Red Planet and Podkayne of Mars, Haldeman updates the Martian setting while keeping faith in his characters' ability to respond to unexpected challenges." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime--they're going to Mars, in this novel from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of "The Accidental Time Machine" and "Old Twentieth."
"Synopsis" by ,
2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

2036: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. But even as humanity contends with the consequences of its most brilliant creation, there are those who have their own designs for the robots: enslavement…or annihilation.

Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital when a violent crime strikes her very close to home.

When she was young, Susan lost her mother in a terrible car wreck that also badly injured her father. She now believes the accident was an attempted murder by government powers who wanted her parents dead. Susan has always known that there was a faction of the U.S. government that wanted to hijack her father’s work for military use. Now, it seems that faction is back.

As she struggles to overcome her pain and confusion as well as deal with her studies, Susan finds herself hunted by violent anti-tech vigilantes who would revert mankind to the dark ages—and at the same time watched very closely by extremists who want high-tech genocide. Somehow she must find a way to stop them both.

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