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Welcome to Mars

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Dolph had found the secret of anti-gravity and now the solar system was his to explore. In his homemade spaceship he soared through the star-studded blackness of outer space. It was all systems go until the power tubes burned out during the landing on Mars. Dolph was now the first man marooned on a strange planet...
Mass Market Paperback, 156 pages
Published 1978 by Sphere Books Ltd (first published 1967)
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MB Taylor
I read Welcome to Mars (1967) by James Blish last week. It was a fun read about one Dolph Haertel, an unconventional eighteen year old. Convinced rockets are not the best way to explore space, he invents an anti-gravity device. After acquiring absurdly inadequate supplies, he tells his parents he’s going camping for the weekend. Instead he takes his packing crate tree house to Mars. Planning and foresight are not Dolph’s strong points. His trip to Mars is successful, but the landing is less so a ...more
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one I read in Junior High and I still remember it fondly. I should reread it.
S.A.A. Calvert
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Fun but a bit dry and outdated.
Much of it was pretty ingenious though.
Author's apparent shout out to pack-rats everywhere: "First rule of survival - save everything."
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Good book. Totally implausible as far as the science was concerned, yet the ideas and concepts were interesting.
S. Naomi Scott
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James Benjamin Blish (East Orange, New Jersey, May 23, 1921 – Henley-on-Thames, July 30, 1975) was an American author of fantasy and science fiction. Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen-name William Atheling Jr.

In the late 1930's to the early 1940's, Blish was a member of the Futurians.

Blish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent 1942
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“True, most of the people he had known personally were pleasant people who were far from short either of money or good will -- people who would not hesitate to help someone in trouble if they could, or thought they could. By the same token, most of the fiction he had read had been about fantastically selfish, unwashed people without a grain of human kindness even toward themselves, who seemed to be distracted from prolonged acts of suicide only to strike out at the people around them. Between the two, he struck a rough sort of balance.” 1 likes
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