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CHESTER BURTON BROWN is a compulsive storyteller and pulp science-fiction wallah based near the North Pole. He is also known on the Internet as "Cheeseburger Brown."
He is the author of dozens of novellas and short stories, as well as a regular correspondent for Wetmachine and Footprints magazine. Chester Burton Brown's first full-length novel was "Simon of Space" (Ephemera Bound, 2008). His stories have also appeared in Cosmos magazine, Stupefying Stories, and AE: The Canadian Science-Fiction Review.
Mr. Brown likes a nice song, but dances poorly.
on July 09, 2012 :
Mr. Brown's "Welcome to Mars!" is an intelligent and entertaining piece of satirical hard science fiction. It's relevant, funny, and well paced. The writing is refreshingly well polished, the book feels professionally edited and presented. The realistic premise and good humor make for a highly satisfying read.
"Welcome to Mars!" is a satire of the commercialization of American society. In the story, NASA has taken to funding itself through excessive commercial sponsorship (similar to NASCAR or Professional Wrestling). The crew travels to Mars, coping with their sponsorship duties as well as each other. The story is reminiscent of classic science fiction and engages in some enjoyable speculation.
This is a fantastic novella and it is easy to recommend to any fan of satire or science fiction.
(reviewed long after purchase)