Mars is a Bummer, Man

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
You can take people off earth, but can you take the earth out of people? Humanity's first mission to Mars hits a nasty speed bump. Personality, passion and persuasion form a deadly triangle on the first Martian colony. This novelette by Frank Severino cynically explores notions of character, class, human expansion, legacies and what the future might regrettably consider historically valuable. More
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Words: 11,650
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458046215
About Frank Severino

A Chicago-area author of short stories, novellas, songs and poems, Frank Severino also has several 6-chapter, unfinished novel starts in-queue; each as brazenly-immodest, free-thinking, frolicking, hallucinogen-fueled and bare-chested as hippies stuck waist-deep in the mud at Woodstock. (We eagerly anticipate exposure of their second halves.)

A fan of Murakami, Kotzwinkle and Vinge, he values humor, sarcasm, cynicism, passion, research, philosophy, extended dialogue, surrealism and science fiction. He has written and recorded over one-hundred songs solo and with his band The Longlines. Frank is a Beatles fan, plays guitar, sings and is learning drums. He used to paint a bit and once lived in a tent for six weeks (don’t ask). Though he has seldom lived more than twenty miles from where he was born, he is deeply convinced humanity will inevitably spread to distant star systems (and is not even slightly optimistic we will leave any baggage behind).

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Review by: Marin Todorov on July 08, 2011 :
I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised by Frank's short story.

First half consist of an excellent conversation - nay - a debate on the different points of view on the first piloted mission to Mars. The scene leaves you in kinda of a limbo since you can't really decide which point of view is more valid.

then vigorously kicks in the underplot which takes you to a whole new setting - Frank takes you into a stressed and intense situation, where you only need to follow the effortlessly flowing prose. I also appressiated he didin't overstuff the text with too much sci-fi mumbo jumbo.

crime, sci-fi, deep social commentary - it all comes together by the end to bring a great closing to both plots and you are glad to see protagonist's dream come true.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scott Skipper on July 05, 2011 :
More than a great short story, Mars is a Bummer is a potent social commentary. The genre being secondary to the message, this novella will be enjoyed even by readers who never consider reading sci-fi. The writing is first class and technically excellent. I look forward to more offerings from Frank Severino.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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