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Lost Race of Mars

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Are the Old Martians really a lost race--just withered mummies lying in dark caves? Or are they still alive--somewhere on the red planet? Sally and Jim must find out. They must help their father discover if the Old Martians still exist. His life work as a scientist is at stake! But it's not easy. They are only visitors to the Mars colony in this year 2017. And no one reall ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published 1960 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston/Scholastic Book Services
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Read this as a kid (many times), and loved it. Recently unearthed it when emptying my parents house to go on the market. Perfect timing, for my two daughters (8 & 11) to read! A bit outdated now - it's set in the year 2017, in a colony on Mars, but still delightful.
A wonderful start to a life-long love of reading science fiction.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
A few days ago I was looking somewhat frantically through the books on the shelves in my closet (yes, I have a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in my closet) for something to read to my son, Sebastian. Lost Race of Mars almost fell into my lap. I'd read it several times as a child myself, and remembered liking it quite a lot. I'd nearly forgotten about it, but I grabbed it and read it to him.

It was written by Robert Silverberg in 1960, and includes some charmingly albeit slightly crude illustrations.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, mars
The book is extremely dated, but I enjoyed it when I first read it in elementary school as a wonderful introduction to the sci-fi genre.
Thomas Clardy
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I love this book. It was one of the first sci-fi books I ever read. Looking back, I now understand why i love anything about Mars and aliens.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this as a kid and loved it, but don't remember much about the story. I recently unearthed it and would like to read it again.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: boys
really simple enjoyable sci-fi
one for my young boys to be introduced to
Kristine Hansen
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please let me love this book!

Robert Silverberg is one of those authors I can't help but admire. He supported himself by writing - pulp mostly in the early days. This book is a perfect example of that. Set in the startling future of 2017, we follow two children and their parents to the Mars Colony (which is a somewhat common trip at this point) where they set out to see if they can discover life on the red planet. They're not disappointed.

I absolutely adored the descriptions. The idea of what lif
Jeffrey Diehl
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short novel stirred my imagination so much when I was a boy.
Kenneth Speth
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun little futuristic tale of Martians accidentally discovered by two children while visiting Mars with their parents.
This was fun. I considered giving it four stars, but a significant plotting problem stopped me. In the novel, Mars has recently been colonized by humanity, who live under domes and control resource use carefully. Into this environment comes Dr Chambers and family. Chambers is there to look for evidence that the ancient Martians might still survive (evidence of their existence suggests they have been long extinct). The colony is reluctant to support such impractical research but grudgingly go alo ...more
Chris Gager
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked this up at the town transfer station because of the author. It's a kid's book as the cover clearly illustrates; a one night read for a grownup. It's kind of fun and RS tries to introduce a few "harder" sci-fi issues into the plot. The description of Mars is pretty accurate but for the vegetation and the small animals, neither of which have turned up thus far. For that reason it's a bit outdated of course. He also over-estimates the focus of humanity vis-a-vis space exploration. Too many ...more
Ronak Patel
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting story for young readers between the ages of 5 and 8. I read it together out loud with my cousin who is 7 years old at the time of reading and she was fascinated by the story. I read it alone as well and found it to be engaging and pleasurable if I established a child-like mindset going into the story. It doesn't have good reread value on its own merit but could be returned to as a piece of nostalgia if strong memories have been linked with the reading of the book. For me, that mem ...more
Lisa Macklem
An entertaining enough read. Definitely your standard outsider kids work to fit in and do so while also saving their dad's reputation. It is definitely a product of its time - don't expect housewife mom to have any role to play other than to gratefully follow dad and support his career - she basically disappears for most of the book. In fact, don't look for any female role models, though it is a brother-sister team at the heart of the story.
Gordon W Miller
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This was the very first book, of any length, that I read from cover to cover.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enough science to qualify as science fiction and enough gentle kid adventures to be a good kid's book. Silverberg was rather optimistic about the future of manned explorations to Mars in 1960.
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more