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Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn't explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars-or does it? Bob Kaganovski, the ship's mechanic, is paid to be paranoid-and he's good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up ship, but how's he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition away? Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one. All evidence points to sabotage-and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects. Oxygen is a witty, multi-award-winning roller coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light. The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.
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John Olson has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was named the most promising writer at a recent Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference and lives in California.
Randall Ingermanson has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC-Berkeley and has written a science-fiction novel called Transgression as well as Who Wrote the Bible Code? He lives in California.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Only a few years ago, science fiction seemed a vexed genre in Christian fiction, but Olson and Ingermanson demonstrate how far it has come in Oxygen, the meticulously authentic tale of a mission to Mars that goes awry. Pressured by the media to launch during prime time and fearful that anything less than a dramatically successful mission will cause congressional funding to evaporate, NASA cuts some corners and imperils the mission's power supply. Valkerie Jansen, the Christian physician assigned to the craft, and Bob Kaganovski, physicist and space mechanic, join two others in righting the handicapped craft, but in deep space, there's an explosion, reducing the ship's oxygen supply. To conserve it, three crew members are placed in comas, while Valkerie guides the ship onward, conserving power and oxygen in a scenario reminiscent of the flight of Apollo 13. Olson and Ingermanson draw their characters carefully, keep tension high, and introduce real spiritual dilemmas without being preachy. They capture the ironic repartee of astronauts to the last nuance. The result is a real delight. John Mort
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Book Description Gilead Publishing, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1935929372