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Finding Life on Mars: A novel of isolation

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It's Jaye's 21st birthday, but since she was raised on Mars, it passes just like every other day: harvesting mushrooms from the grow room, tending her fellow Trueborn Children of Mars, and stalking her murderous, neurotypical father.

Until a message comes from Earth--an Earth they thought was lifeless. Apparently one man still draws breath, and he's a maniac with the launc
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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published April 28th 2018 by Superluminal Velocities Books
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DeAnna Knippling
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to be human? After you find out that everyone but one guy, a complete nutcase who intends to blow the rest of humanity up so he can be the official Last Man, are you more human...or less?

And can you stop him?

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So this was a lot of hard SF on the order of The Martian, although probably not quite as engineer-centric. But the style was much more like Roadside Picnic or Stanislaw Lem than it was your typical sci-fi writing, which gave it a heightened flavor. A philosopher's book w
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Cassondra Windwalker
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding Life On Mars is much more than a science fiction novel, although it satisfies most excellently in that regard. It is a delicate, tender, thoughtful examination of what it means to be human, what it means to love, and what it means to live. Dias manages to draw the reader swiftly and inescapably into the mind of what for most neurotypical readers should feel "other," and flips the construct so that outside is in, and inside is a wilderness, baffling and unmappable. Tense, gripping, action ...more
Jessica Rachow
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I picked up Finding Life On Mars because I was looking for a good science fiction read, which I definitely got. Jason Dias knows his stuff, and has written a tight novel. What I didn't expect was how deep this novel was going to be. It is a thoughtful examination of what it means to be human.

This is my first read from Jason Dias and now it definitely won't be my last. His writing is gripping. He captivated my attention right from the beginning and was able to keep my attention all the way throug
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Carlo
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoy Jason Dias' storytelling, and this is my favorite book by him to date. His writing is tight in this novel. It's emotional and gripping and ultimately full of hope, and chock-full of the complications that arise when starting a new society on a new world while watching the world of old die before your eyes. It ties in nicely with two earlier books, What Hope Wrought and Shooting Blanks, set in this story's past, though it's not an official sequel. I would, however, love to see a seq ...more
Kim
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tight, gripping, and engaging.

All young people think they're different from their parents until they realize they're fundamentally not. Until they learn that there are some things, some needs, some emotions, that all people in the known universe share and some secrets within dark isolation that maybe should not be kept.

Confronting mortality at the hands of a madman with no real way to stop him can make a person re-examine their priorities in a hurry. Finding Life on Mars is a poignant story of f
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Shannon Lawrence
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of what it means to be human, even if you don't feel you are. The science is fascinating, but the personal interactions and differences are more so. The main character/narrator is compelling. It's about relationships, understanding, adaptation, and survival in a harsh environment. A story with heart and a ticking clock.
O.E. Tearmann
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Powerful Story Of Humanity, Resolve And Hope

There's a great deal to love about this book. The research and the scientific information that went into creating a (semi) viable Martian colony is phenomenal. The exploration of human acceptance and resolve in the face of what cannot be changed is inspiring. The view of the madness that despair can cause in humans is painful. And the exploration of neurodivergent thought as a resource and a strength is some of the most authentic I've read. The style
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Brook
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book seems to answer the question, "what if a Vulcan told a story?"

In the not too, too, distant future humans have sent colonists to Mars to carve out an existence and get settlements ready for future colonists. Unfortunately, that was before Earth fell on desperate times. The Mars population is small, and Earth is no longer responding to messages. Worst of all, the children of the colonists are
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Brian D Howard
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want light fluffy, cotton-candy bullshit...this is not the book for you.

It's at the same time a page turner and a book you'll want to pause now and then to digest. To ponder. Where does meaning in life come from? How do we relate to each other? Why does it matter whether there's life out there or not? How do we adapt to isolation, to life without meaning? What's the difference between living and surviving? What's worth living for and what's worth dying for?

This book explores all that and
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Cmoore
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yeah, I have to admit it... although I've been a SF/F fan most of my life, it wasn't til I read "The Martian" by Andy Weir, that I actually gave any serious thought to Mars, and what colonizing it would look like. And no, the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Barsoom novels that I read in high school don't really count... I haven't read everything that's out there, but I do find myself perking up now when I see "Mars" in the title...
I really enjoyed this interesting take on what a colony might look like...
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Annie
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an interesting book. It is about a colony on Mars that hasn’t gone as planned. The colonists have survived by finding ways to repurpose what little they have and by adapting. A new generation has been born. The novel also illustrates differences in how people relate to each other and gives an excellent and accurate perspective/portrayal of the inner workings of the mind of a person who is socially isolated (what we might call Aspergers or on the autistic spectrum). The author includ ...more
Jacqueline Gunn
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fascinating read.

I love and respect Dias' nonfiction work so much. I couldn't wait to see the world he imagined when life on Earth ends and a new world has to be developed on a planet so different than our own. What evolves in the story is more than those imaginings, though. Dias delivers a seamless blend of philosophical questions about what it means to be human, with characters trying to empathize with others whose emotional expression is different than their own, and a gripping plot w
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Jason Dias is a neurodivergent existential psychologist - that is, an autistic man whose fascination with the human condition led him to an advanced degree in said condition.

His work in speculative fiction is united by literary, existential themes. Rather than publish scholarly works to be read only by scholars who already agree with the author, Jason's early obsession with Asimov, Heinlein, and l
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“Our parents are the worst for us, the most difficult to endure, precisely because they have the most intentions towards us. Hopes, dreams, needs for relationship. Acknowledgement.” 1 likes
“We failed. They failed us. What's left to do but die?" "Live," I said, red Martian dust floating and settling all around us.” 1 likes
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