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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Review by: M T 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 10 days after 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 17 days after purchase)

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