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Sunday, February 27, 2005|
|New Novel Focuses on Mission to Mars, Red Colony|
Shadows of Medusa,
by Brian Enke of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado,
is being released today. A mystery/science-fiction novel, his book
centers around Mars Direct, Robert
Zubrin's plan to travel to Mars. The book is dedicated to the
astronauts who have lost their lives in NASA's space flight disasters,
as well as the Mars Society, Planetary Society, Red Colony and others!
Also, within the book is an organization called the Space Exploration
Alliance (SEA) which Brian explains is a merger of those organizations.
The SEA plays a major role in the plot.
|Shadows of Medusa.|
This book is so true to reality... this isn't the science
fiction you're used to. Characters are deep and complex, their thoughts
are inspired and their actions are fluid. Already since he began
writing, much of the book has become true, like the formation of a space alliance. He explains:
The SEA concept in the book actually came about through several
iterations. The SEA is a good example of what could have been a
profound, sci-fi'ish idea at the time... and then it really happened!
...another one of those amazing coincidences that kept happening as I
wrote the book and afterwards: this "frozen ocean" on Mars that has
been getting so much press this past week is only a couple hundred km's
away from my crew's landing site. Sounds like great fodder for some
scenes in a sequel! There are several others - and I note some of them
in the preface.
Red Colony will be reviewing the book. I've already read some
of it, and I find it to be very exciting and inspirational. I'm sure
many "fresh recruits," as Brian calls them, will be introduced to the
cause through this book. You can buy it at Brian's website or at Amazon.com.
- posted by Alex @ 13:05 EST