Footprints in Red

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Stand by for five exciting tales from the Martian past and future! This collection of science fiction is by the author of The Man Who Conquered Mars and Jupiter IV. Open this book and experience these unusual and thought provoking stories! More

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About Doug Turnbull

Doug Turnbull is the author of several science fiction books including Zachary Dixon: Officer Apprentice, Footprints in Red, Jupiter IV, The Future Revisited, and The Man Who Conquered Mars, as well as numerous short stories and novellas. In addition he hosted Mars Pirate Radio, weekly podcasts on the subjects of science, science fiction and the future. The podcasts include scores of interviews (135) with scientists, astronauts, as well as SF writers on the subject of space exploration and related topics and during its three year run had over 19,500 listeners, and are still available for listening. Turnbull also co-authored We Are the Martians a non-fiction book about the future settlement of Mars. He is an occasional contributor of non-fiction articles about space flight to Space.com, Astronomie Quebec, and other online publications. Most recently Turnbull was coauthor of a paper published by the Royal Astronomical Society Journal of Astronomy and Geophysics, entitled The Natural Evolution of Mars Soil for the Support of Plant Growth. He has been a guest of Alan Boyle on NBC News, at the University of Hawaii Astronomy Department, and at The Mars Society speaking on space science subjects. In 2013, his short story Tenderfoot won The Mars Society-Bulgaria’s Editor’s Choice award for short science fiction. Turnbull is single and resides in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA.

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Review by: Ariel Turnbull on Aug. 20, 2013 :
I have read the second story of of Doug Turnbull’s book Footprints in Red. It is a set of stories for Mars. I had read another story of his before, so I knew what to expect.

Doug writing (well, at least what I had read of him) is in very hard sci-fi genre. I can compare his style with the one of Konrad Fialkowski Zerowe rozwiązanie, (Zero solution) – which is my favorite short story of my childhood, the last chapter of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, October 2026: The Million-Year Picnic as realism, and Tsiolkovsky’s book On the Moon as Doug Turnbull aims for the best scientific facts in his stories.

Doug’s stories envision future situation from very human point of view – that of an explorer, but an everyday man. No superheroes, no aliens.

Colonial scout is a story of a boy-scout leader Augie who led his team into an outing in a cave on planet Mars. The story starts with very profound description of the transport vehicle, the scientific facts are transferred in a questions and answers session between Augie and the teenagers. After a while a major problem arised, when one of the boys broked his forearm in a horse-play with one of his mates. The quick solution is made by fixing the broken limb with near-future medical device. The story ends with the team coming back to the base. According to me the stories worth to be recommended as an juvenile (teenage character forming) literature even if the protagonist usually is an adult.

As a conclusion I’d say I love to read Doug in original and I am looking forward Doug being translated into Bulgarian so more people could enjoy his talent.

18 Aug 2013
Mihail Mateev, M. Sc.
President of Mars Society Bulgaria
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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