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School Library Journal

Adult/High School

Christine C. Menefee, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA [March 2009 Issue]

This guidebook for would-be Mars settlers is equal parts "Mars-humor" and science fiction (the narrator was born on Mars in 2071); a satire highly critical of NASA; and a Loompanics-flavored manifesto of rugged individualism. Fans of vintage Robert A. Heinlein, particularly The Rolling Stones (Del Rey, 1977), will feel right at home here as they enjoy descriptions of practical situations that might actually be encountered: air circulation technologies; choice of "habs"; pitfalls and scams that greenhorns should avoid. Enlivened by witty illustrations, the prose is both humorous and fact filled, with more technical and scientific information set aside in sections marked "Warning: High Science Content." Zubrin's presentation is clear and interesting but some might object that he puts no curbs on content like chemical recipes for explosives, and his Mars-based narrator's views are simplistic on complex Earth-based issues like global warming, bioengineering, and the value of government as a social contract. These topics could spark interesting classroom discussions. Valuable for teachers, this book is enjoyable and attractive for teens and will fascinate, provoke, and delight anyone interested in Mars and space settlement.


Book Review: How to Live on Mars

By Bob Webster [June 11, 2009]

This great book is one of the many reasons why Robert Zubrin has become one of my favorite authors. Zubrin doesn't crank out book after book of the same genre. Not a prolific writer, Zubrin has a knack for bringing us entertaining and informative material from a diverse range of subjects. This particular book is one of those wonderful creations that can be consumed over considerable time with no penalty while providing enjoyable and informative nuggets at each nibble from its feast of both humorous and serious material.
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The Baryon Review

The Baryon Review [March 10, 2009]

Zubrin is President of the Mars Society and offers this seriocomic look at everything you need to know about moving to Mars and having a successful life there without ending up dead.

We learn about the different types of suits, habitats, finding a non-lethal job, finding a mate, and all types of other necessities. There are different ways to get there and Zubrin goes over the options and explains why one is better that the other. He does this for all of the items that have multiple and expensive options.
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National Space Society

Book Review: How to Live on Mars

By Brian Enke [January 2009]

One of my favorite quotes from science fiction legend Ray Bradbury reads:

"Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science — so, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction."

How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet, the latest book by Dr. Robert Zubrin, impacts the reader somewhere near Bradbury's intersection of fiction and science… but where exactly? Or rather, in publishing terms, what section of a bookstore should feature this book? Non-fiction? Fiction? Science? Humor? I don't envy the marketing department at Random House as they grapple with this dollar-laden decision. How To Live On Mars fits any of these categories and succeeds in all of them.
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The Wall Street Journal

A New Land of Opportunity


Back when America was being settled, enterprising authors in Europe published books and pamphlets aimed at would-be immigrants, offering advice on how to flourish in the New World. Some of the advice was sound, and some of it wasn't, but readers devoured them anyway.

With "How to Live on Mars," Robert Zubrin has produced a new entry in the genre — a guidebook for settlers to a place that hasn't been settled yet, written in the present tense of a future that won't happen for a hundred years. It makes for amusing and interesting reading and in some ways may capture the feel of a colonization-in-progress Mars better than more sober works about the challenges of planetary habitation.
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Complete List of Reviews:

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WEßCommentary, June 11, 2009

The Baryon Review , March 10, 2009

Popular Science, Dec 2, 2008

New Hampshire Public Radio, Dec 9, 2008

Wall Street Journal, Dec 21, 2008

The Space Review

The Boulder Weekly, Jan 15, 2009

The Underground Examininer, Jan 15, 2009

Beijing Wan Bao, Jan 17, 2009

Brothers Judd Book Reviews

Science Fiction Crows Nest

Galveston County Daily News, January 21, 2009

National Space Society, January 2009

How to Live on Mars

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