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Jesus on Mars

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  170 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
As billions of people around the globe sit glued to their television sets in the year 2015, Richard Orme, captain of the first expedition to land on Mars, takes another giant step for mankind. His first words, as he steps out of the landing craft onto the red planet, are transmitted to Earth minutes later: "Christopher Columbus, you should be here."

Perhaps he was. Someone
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1979 by Pinnacle Books (first published 1979)
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Jun 01, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. The plot premise is startling. Earth has detected what looks like a constructed tunnel into the side of a mountain on Mars, with doors bearing Greek letters. When astronauts go to explore, they find a colony of people practicing 1st century Judaism with a leader who claims to be Jesus. The lead astronaut struggles to make sense of this. meanwhile Jesus decides to return to earth, using a space ship that has lain dormant for centuries. I thought the plot premise was extremely ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
PJ Farmer has long been one of my favorite SF authors. This is one from 1979 that I somehow missed- and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The year is 2015 and Richard Orme from Canada is the first human to set foot on Mars. As he steps onto the soil of the Red Planet, he says, "Christopher Columbus you should be here."
However, it seems the Canadian may not be the first intelligent being on Mars. A spaceship is found half-buried under the red dust. And there's a tunnel door---
Aug 31, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This one sort of plays a riff of "Stranger in a Strange Land" but is quite a bit better than the so called Heinlein classic. There were a lot of twists and turns in this one.
Jim Black
Dec 29, 2015 Jim Black rated it really liked it
With the death of Philip Jose Farmer on February 25th, 2009 I thought it would be appropriate to review some Farmer books this year. I made a trip to the bookstore and found a copy of Jesus on Mars. I have read some Farmer stories but do not remember seeing this book. Just from reading the synopsis it looks like this one could have caused quite a stir when it appeared.

When Orme and his crew are captured, they find a thriving civilization under the surface of Mars. The society is a mix of Krsh an
Lianne (The Towering Pile) Lavoie
A group of astronauts goes on a trip to Mars to investigate what appears to be an abandoned alien spaceship. They're captured and brought underground, where they find a society of humans and aliens called Krsh (yeah, I have no idea how to pronounce that), who seem to be practicing Orthodox Judaism, but accept Jesus as their Messiah. However, they believe that Jesus is a man, not the son of God, oh and by the way he lives in a big orb that is like an underground sun.

A lot of the story centres aro
Anna Prejanò
Nov 03, 2012 Anna Prejanò rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il titolo è una bomba, l’argomento stuzzicante, la lettura piacevolissima. Ma l’autore fa il timido e non sa o non vuole sfruttare appieno le potenzialità della sua idea. Si mantiene fino alla fine in equilibrio, non osa spingere al massimo né il pedale del trash né tantomeno quello dell’eresia, e, cosa ancor meno perdonabile per una piena riuscita letteraria, lascia cadere numerosi spunti interessanti. E sta a mezzo anche nell’uso di riferimenti storici e alle sacre scritture: giusto quel tanto ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing
Based on the title and cover this looked like it would be some old cheesy sci-fi. It was not! It is actually a pretty serious discussion about religion wrapped up in an interesting story.
Hannah Givens
Jan 07, 2014 Hannah Givens rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, adult-fiction
Such a great idea, of a religious development in the space age, and there's a real effort to show different perspectives and reactions. Unfortunately the book is really boring, consisting of dry descriptions of a vaguely Utopian culture on Mars. It's close to Earthlike culture, so it's really not interesting at all. Even when the plot picks up toward the end, we never get a definitive answer for the story question: Is this the real Jesus?
Jun 13, 2010 Travis rated it it was ok
A great title, but unfortunately a weak book.
Astronuats land on Mars and discover a hidden, populated city below the surface and as if that wasn't wild enough, apparently when Jesus was raised up he didn't go to heaven, but instead ended up on Mars and he's now ready to go back to Earth an see how things are going.

A good idea that comes across pretty flat and a cast that only seem mildly interesting or sympathetic.
Plus, Jesus comes across as a bit of a jerk.
Nik Kane
Apr 24, 2015 Nik Kane rated it did not like it
Poorly written with so many amateurish flaws I'm amazed that it made it past the editors (plot gaps, accidental time gaps or repetitions, clumsy exposition, misplaced quotes, elementary grammar errors, etc). Too bad because the idea had potential. I would've preferred a logically consistent ending as well.
Loris Righetto
May 02, 2015 Loris Righetto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
-E allora, cosa c'è di importante?
-I marziani sono ebrei ortodossi, -rispose Bronski.

Sembra una parabola sul fascismo del bene. Non sono convintissimo di cosa voglia dire il finale, che mi ricorda 1984.
Stuart Lutzenhiser
Aug 26, 2011 Stuart Lutzenhiser rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Astronauts go to Mars and discover a crashed spaceship. They find interesting things there. I didn't really like the book as it introduced a very interesting idea, but then didn't explore it very well. Cool idea but underexpoited.
Keith Bell
Great premise up until the end.
Jan 13, 2012 John rated it liked it
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Philip José Farmer was an American author, principally known for his science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, but spent much of his life in Peoria, Illinois.

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