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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)