TCOM1 was written for the most part while the author was traveling and working in the Canadian Arctic during 2006-2011 and has been edited often since then to keep abreast of developments in the exploration of Mars (something Heinlein, Clarke, and Bradbury could not benefit from). His experiences as a technician, technologist, Military Officer, Project Manager and late-to-the fold Pink Floyd/Roger Waters fan have greatly influenced TCOM. He is a consultant to the Defense Communications Industry.
on March 26, 2015 :
Epic, witty, entertaining novel. Somewhat daunting: the story is even realistic, as a view into the future.
Definitively more interesting than the naive Heinlein or Bradbury stories of a past age.
(review of free book)
on April 08, 2012 :
Always fasinated by anything Mars, I found TCOM to be on par with the best of efforts. I started reading on a Saturday afternoon,stopping when I could no longer prevent sleep. Continuing the next day, I finished that afternoon. Somewhere that first day my psysic became in sync with Sam. For the better part of those two days, I was on Mars, traveling, thinking and wordering. How could I be on Mars and not explore? How could I end, how could I leave? The answer was not a choice, but the next step. As the last page was read, it was right.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)