Synopses & Reviews
The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War delivers "a riveting near-future science fiction story of the dangers of living in a surveillance state" (The Tech).
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 ammunitionand 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 also 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.
Young Carmen Dula and her family are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime-they're going to Mars. But Carmen's rebellious streak leads her to venture out into the bleak Mars landscape alone, where she is saved by an angel. An angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad-and a message for the humans on Mars: We were here first...
A novel of the red planet from the Hugo and Nebula Awardawinning author of The Accidental Time Machine and Old Twentieth,
Young Carmen Dula and her family are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetimeatheyare going to Mars.
Once on the Red Planet, however, Carmen realizes things are not so different from Earth. There are chores to do, lessons to learn, and oppressive authority figures to rebel against. And when she ventures out into the bleak Mars landscape alone one night, a simple accident leads her to the edge of death until she is saved by an angelaan angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad, and a message for the newly arrived human inhabitants of Mars:
We were here first,
The Others disposed of Earth’s spaceship fleet as easily as swatting a fly. They blew up the Moon, letting the resulting cloud of rocks and gravel go into orbit. Then, for good measure, they turned off all the power, leaving Earth with nine billion hungry people competing for dwindling resources.
Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious alien Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way—using nineteenth-century technology—to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them.
About the Author
Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of having won the Hugo and Nebula awards. He has served twice as president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of the Marsbound Trilogy (Marsbound, Starbound, Earthbound), The Accidental Time Machine, Old Twentieth, A Separate War and Other Stories, and Camouflage.