William K. Hartmann Mars Underground

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Mars Underground

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2032. The human race has established colonies on Mars. For years Dr. Alwyn Stafford researched its biggest mystery: Did life evolve on the Red Planet? The answer, except for simple, long-dead microorganisms, was no.

Now retired, Stafford stubbornly continues his quest. Rumors say he's been going farther than ever before into the Martian deserts.

Then he goes out and doesn't return. As the search for him grow, it becomes apparent that the old man found something that will forever change humanity's place in the cosmos...

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Although it doesn't live up to the praise lavished on it by such sci-fi masters as Arthur C. Clarke and Greg Bear, Mars Underground is a serviceable tale of life, work, and mystery on a near-future Mars. The year is 2031, and biologist Alwyn Stafford has disappeared during one of his unusual solo excursions into the desert. On his trail are Carter Jahns, reporter Annie Pohaku, and Phillipe Brach, Mars's artist-in-residence. Jahns learns that Stafford hasn't met a tragic end at all; rather, he has deliberately vanished. As the mystery unfolds--and the sexual tension between Jahns, Pohaku, and Brach peaks--it becomes clear that humans aren't the first visitors to the Red Planet.

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"Given Bill Hartmann's gifts as a writer and artist on astronomy, it's no surprise that his first novel, Mars Underground, conveys such a realistic and exciting view of the future presence of humans on Mars." --Arthur C. Clarke

"Hartmann brings Mars to life in a way few others have." --Greg Bear

"Handsomely written." --Ray Bradbury

"An exciting depiction of the coming decades on Mars--and some of the surprises that might await us." --Buzz Aldrin

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