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.
Warning! This book is this book is not for those younger than 55. It is about a one way trip to Mars in 2040 by 150 senior, 'expendable' scientists to finally establish a permanent Martian colony. It is a book about loss, about regret, about being the last human on Mars and serves as a cautionary tale to Mars astronaut wannabes.