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Life on Mars by Jonathan Strahan
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Feb 19, 11

Recommended to Constance by: Book review for viking
Recommended for: short story fans and SF fans
Read in February, 2011

Let’s go to Mars. The timing for this anthology couldn’t be better. The fascination with Mars endures and it was prudent of Strahan to see that especially now the interest grows. This exquisite collection will electrify your short story collection. Life on Mars is a follow-up anthology to Strahan’s The Starry Rift (published in 2008). Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier is a science fiction anthology that takes as its leaping off point that we do go to Mars. In some stories, we have been on Mars for a significant stretch of time. Imagine that! Cory Doctorow, Ellen Klages, Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson are among the dozen authors who share their point of view on Martian life. The fact that each of the authors present unique details relevant to life on the Red Planet makes it feel like we have already colonized the planet. Aspects of life don’t seem all that different that life on Earth, but there is something that is a true problem. “Goodnight Moons” by Ellen Klages was inspired by reading Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, eating a Mars bar and eating lunch with a rocket scientist. Each story ends with an brief author biography and an author’s note that divulges what inspired the story. A great addition to any short story or science fiction collection.

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