The Day the Martians Came
Henry Steegman is hardly "Mr. Personality" aboard the Mars-bound Algonquin 9. Yet it is he who bungles upon the spectacular Macy's-like city beneath the Red Planet's crust. For better or worse, the name Steegman will be immortalized by a discovery that will transform millions of lives.
For a struggling screenwriter, the Martian beings could mean a big story, big bucks, head...more
Pohl examines a TON of characters, their reactions to the Martians, and what happens to their lives. Unfortunately, I think that there really are too many characters. The book seems very fragmented, almost like a short-story collection--except that none of the stories are complete. He does tie everything back together at the end, but it doesn't feel very coheren ...more
The idea of how this mission affects people from the astronauts to a broke Hollywood writer might have been in ...more
Two Canadian references - Peter Jennings is one of the broadcasters dealing with the landing and a screenwriter mentions Canada as a good place to release his "blockbuster" on the Martian "invasion".
That being said, Pohl has some great work. I would not select this as something to recommend though.