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Mars Life by Ben Bova
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Jan 06, 2012

really liked it
Read from December 20, 2011 to January 06, 2012 , read count: Once

A really cool "realistic" book. In the near future, Global Warming has decimated the US and the ultra conservative religious right have gained political power (so much so that Darwin is not taught in schools), and the 200 scientists on Mars are being recalled due to budgetary issues. That's when cliff dwellings are found...and then a bone. What then follows is a tale of power: on Mars and on Earth, and can the knowledge that there was once life on the red planet come back to Earth? I wish that there was no Preface for this book because it gave too much away; it should have been an Afterword. So, take my advice, SKIP THE PREFACE! This is a sad tale because so much of it seems to be coming true. Sadly, I wish only the tale on Mars was happening. A solid read but one that will make you sad--and I do admit to getting misty on the last two pages!
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