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NASA finally made it. The very first human has just set foot on the surface of our neighbor planet. This is the start of a long research expedition that sent four scientists into space. But the four astronauts of the NASA crew are not the only ones with this destination. The privately financed ‘Mars for Everyone’ initiative has also targeted the Red Planet. Twenty men and NASA finally made it. The very first human has just set foot on the surface of our neighbor planet. This is the start of a long research expedition that sent four scientists into space. But the four astronauts of the NASA crew are not the only ones with this destination. The privately financed ‘Mars for Everyone’ initiative has also targeted the Red Planet. Twenty men and women have been selected to live there and establish the first extraterrestrial settlement. Challenges arise even before they reach Mars orbit. The MfE spaceship Santa Maria is damaged along the way. Only the four NASA astronauts can intervene and try to save their lives. No one anticipates the impending catastrophe that threatens their very existence—not to speak of the daily hurdles that an extended stay on an alien planet sets before them. On Mars, a struggle begins for limited resources, human cooperation, and just plain survival.


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NASA finally made it. The very first human has just set foot on the surface of our neighbor planet. This is the start of a long research expedition that sent four scientists into space. But the four astronauts of the NASA crew are not the only ones with this destination. The privately financed ‘Mars for Everyone’ initiative has also targeted the Red Planet. Twenty men and NASA finally made it. The very first human has just set foot on the surface of our neighbor planet. This is the start of a long research expedition that sent four scientists into space. But the four astronauts of the NASA crew are not the only ones with this destination. The privately financed ‘Mars for Everyone’ initiative has also targeted the Red Planet. Twenty men and women have been selected to live there and establish the first extraterrestrial settlement. Challenges arise even before they reach Mars orbit. The MfE spaceship Santa Maria is damaged along the way. Only the four NASA astronauts can intervene and try to save their lives. No one anticipates the impending catastrophe that threatens their very existence—not to speak of the daily hurdles that an extended stay on an alien planet sets before them. On Mars, a struggle begins for limited resources, human cooperation, and just plain survival.

30 review for Mars Nation 1: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    William Remsen

    Going from regular science fiction to this real world version was a bit jarring, but after a couple chapters I was hooked! Already into Book 2 and it just keeps getting better!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Topher

    An interesting book, but not a series I intend to read more of - having read the preview of book 2 at the end, and then the blurbs online for books 2 and 3 it seems this is going in a direction I don't want to follow. All communications with Earth is lost except for a ship here or there, and yet no one can tell them what happened? Don't mind me, I'm just going to steal all your stuff? Oh, and kill people. Because the program psychologists were just that awful at their jobs..... So far as I can tel An interesting book, but not a series I intend to read more of - having read the preview of book 2 at the end, and then the blurbs online for books 2 and 3 it seems this is going in a direction I don't want to follow. All communications with Earth is lost except for a ship here or there, and yet no one can tell them what happened? Don't mind me, I'm just going to steal all your stuff? Oh, and kill people. Because the program psychologists were just that awful at their jobs..... So far as I can tell, there are multiple characters with mental health issues. It's a bit odd that these are the people selected to go to Mar.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert E. Gray

    Hard Science Fiction? Where? An okay book, the storyline is full of twist and turns and proceeds along at a reasonable rate, but I only found one brief section that could be called hard science fiction and that was early in the book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    The premise is interesting enough: Two Mars colony expeditions from very different backgrounds, one from NASA and another privately funded with civilian volunteers and bargain-basement equipment, converge on the Red Planet at roughly the same time and have to learn to cooperate with each other where there are no social, legal, or government structures to guide them. And clearly the author has a solid handle on the science of Mars. But it seems that the author is more interested in telling us fac The premise is interesting enough: Two Mars colony expeditions from very different backgrounds, one from NASA and another privately funded with civilian volunteers and bargain-basement equipment, converge on the Red Planet at roughly the same time and have to learn to cooperate with each other where there are no social, legal, or government structures to guide them. And clearly the author has a solid handle on the science of Mars. But it seems that the author is more interested in telling us facts about Mars than telling a story. Things happen -- really important things! -- that are pivotal events, but are given bafflingly little room to drive the narrative. In particular one very major event happens on Earth that is never explained or even explored; just a few pages after it happens, there is instead a multi-page discussion of how the inflatable tent works. Similarly, characters never grow or learn, but instead continue to act in one-dimensional ways, doing things for no reason. Science is great, but even in so-called "hard" sci-fi, the story trumps the science.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trudy Preston

    I was all set to write an absolutely scathing review of this book, until I found out it was originally written in German, so I'm going to blame the stilted language and absolutely appallingly wrong vocabulary on the translator. Despite the serious faults (which would usually make me give up on a book) I kept going because the plot was interesting. But the dialog was awful and there were some sentences I had to read over and over and over again because they made absolutely no sense. Finding out t I was all set to write an absolutely scathing review of this book, until I found out it was originally written in German, so I'm going to blame the stilted language and absolutely appallingly wrong vocabulary on the translator. Despite the serious faults (which would usually make me give up on a book) I kept going because the plot was interesting. But the dialog was awful and there were some sentences I had to read over and over and over again because they made absolutely no sense. Finding out the book wasn't written in English helped me understand what may have gone wrong. Now, maybe I'm wrong and the original was as bad as the translation, but I'll give Morris the benefit of the doubt (and encourage him to find a WAY better translator!). Even though I would like to know what happens next (this book is the first of a trilogy) I'm not going to subject myself to the next two books. Which is too bad because it's an excellent premise.

  6. 5 out of 5

    D. Jensen

    Good read . . . except for all the advertising at the end for all Morris' other books. I kept getting interrupted (you know: the need to nap, feed the cat and so on) so it took longer than usual to finish the book. Good story about surviving in a hostile environment. One group, the four sponsered by NADA are short timers who are trying experiments and then going home. The second group, a cartel of people looking to start a new life on Mars expect to Spend their lives on the Red Planet. The group fr Good read . . . except for all the advertising at the end for all Morris' other books. I kept getting interrupted (you know: the need to nap, feed the cat and so on) so it took longer than usual to finish the book. Good story about surviving in a hostile environment. One group, the four sponsered by NADA are short timers who are trying experiments and then going home. The second group, a cartel of people looking to start a new life on Mars expect to Spend their lives on the Red Planet. The group from NASA are shocked to discover there might not be an Earth to return to. Now it is about survival. There is more, but I don't want to give too much away. Suffice that reading the next in the series is a must.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Miller

    More excellent "hard science fiction" from Brandon Q. Morris. I enjoy his work because the characters are well-written and develop over the course of the story like they should in any good novel, and while the scenario is set in the future with advanced technology, it's all plausible based on what we know today.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Chant

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just couldn’t hold my attention. Little suspense. Right away a major event happens with people dying and it’s off screen. I couldn’t understand why it would be handled like that. I tried for four chapters and it felt like little was happening. I have too many books on my TBR pile to keep reading a book that isn’t grabbing me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Shaffer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Seriously, BQM is no Shakespeare, most writers aren't. But having all your characters jump to the same extreme conclusion like it's fact just because you need to create drama off that conclusion? "Have lost contact with Earth." All characters: "OMG, the human race has been destroyed!!" Or... EMP disrupted the DSN, maybe?

  10. 4 out of 5

    cheryl a collins

    Amazing!! Discovered this author by chance. Will have to download everything else, I loved the characterisation, it was all very human and their actions were believable. You just need to read it for yourself!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reg Baker

    If you can ignore all the obvious female bias then the rest of the book is not too bad. Good descriptions of Mars and the challenges of surviving. Tends to jump around a lot. Sometimes it moves a few weeks or a few months ahead without warning. Tends to keep you guessing as to timelines.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Corneliu Dascalu

    Another author who is primarily a scientist and not a writer. This book will appeal to you if you are interested in space and technology, and not so much if you are looking for realistic characters. The characters here are interacting like awkward teenagers, but the rest of the story is solid.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John T. Dueker

    Nothing "Hard Science Fiction" about most of this book. The few correct science issues were only ok. The most egregious example is saying you can survive on Mars with only a supplemental oxygen supply. I'm the 0.6% of earths atmospheric pressure you couldn't survive.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frank Wolffe

    Anthropomorphized goats A brief, but complete chapter, about a goat thinking about his heroic escape from the “two legs” holding him and his mate captive is this fellow’s idea of hard sci-fi. The goat should have peed on this manuscript, not just the panel in the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelvin

    NOT Hard Science. Did not finish it - it was downhill until I gave up, when they had instant communication between earth and mars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan Long

    Great storyline, looking forward to reading book 2

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ben Kyler

    Space the new frontier I would recommend this book to any person interested in space travel and colonization of other planets.I have been interested since I could read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Douevenread

    4.5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rick Morris

    Disappointing. The book was great until it got to the end, when the plot dissolved into a lot of banal absurdities, and left the big mystery of the book unanswered.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I've read several novels (some series) about Mars and have enjoyed them all along with book one of this trilogy. I'll be moving on to book 2 next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ernie

    Fun read. Action packed and keeps moving. Really enjoyed the twist and immediately picked up the second one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Philandjan

    Hooked very quickly and enjoyed the development of the characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    George Hahn

    Interesting, but I would expect NASA astronauts to be more professional. Some of the science seemed implausible too, but I did enjoy it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Cozzone

    A fun and interesting thriller. A lot of comments suggest the science is accurate, I wouldn't know, but if it is, I learned quite a bit. I would say it's an easier to read and for younger audience version of The Martian. Plots are different, but survival on Mars brings similarities. Story is compelling enough to keep you reading through with excitement. It's a good weekend read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    KHB

    Good start to the series, and a nice setup for the next instalment. As always with Brandon Q. Morris, lots of hard science explanation about Mars. He always manages to educate how hard it is to live in space. Lots of hurdles to overcome. A lot of characters and story lines to keep track of in this book, but they're all well developed, and certainly all different. I question whether people would do some of the things that that occur in the story if they were really on Mars, but it makes for a good Good start to the series, and a nice setup for the next instalment. As always with Brandon Q. Morris, lots of hard science explanation about Mars. He always manages to educate how hard it is to live in space. Lots of hurdles to overcome. A lot of characters and story lines to keep track of in this book, but they're all well developed, and certainly all different. I question whether people would do some of the things that that occur in the story if they were really on Mars, but it makes for a good story. I always enjoy the author's science lesson at the end of every book he writes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Compulsively readable! The science is also spot on and no wonder, since Brandon Q. Morris is the pseudonym of Matthias Matting, a German physicist and space specialist. I've been looking for a worthy successor to The Martian for a while and though this comes from a different author, it works. Though Mars Nation isn't written quite as well as The Martian (and that may be due to the translation), I loved it just the same. The story sucked me in especially...well, you'll see for yourself. ;) I can't Compulsively readable! The science is also spot on and no wonder, since Brandon Q. Morris is the pseudonym of Matthias Matting, a German physicist and space specialist. I've been looking for a worthy successor to The Martian for a while and though this comes from a different author, it works. Though Mars Nation isn't written quite as well as The Martian (and that may be due to the translation), I loved it just the same. The story sucked me in especially...well, you'll see for yourself. ;) I can't wait to read book 2!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynnelle D. Bolton

    Mars Nation 1 This author's work intrigues me. I've read most of the hard sf he's had translated into english. For me, it's the adventure and the technical detail I like. He has it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    William Dorsett

    Good, True Science Fiction Good storyline, with realistic descriptions of space travel and colonization of Mars. Characters are well developed and believable. Ending is good, but lets you want to buy Book 2.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Justin Redman

    Another winner This is another great sci-fi by Morris this story is full of mystery and intrigue. The characters are very well done. Just waiting for the 2nd book

  30. 4 out of 5

    J

    Got 1/3 the way through. Could not stick with the story enough to come back.

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