View Full Version : Another great review of The Mars Imperative

August 16th, 2007, 03:27 PM
This one is from "GeoGoddess", on The Motley Fool site (All Things Sci-Fi discussion board--http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=25801015):

I liked The Mars Imperative, but then I have a degree in geology, so I was favorably disposed toward the book! We geo-geeks are always thrilled when our fascination intersects with public popularity. Happily for the non geo-geeks, what I liked best about the book had nothing to do with geology.

I really enjoyed the science and engineering aspects regarding space elevators. After having read so much about them in other SciFi novels, I always intended to educate myself about the science and engineering that must be involved, but never did. I'm taking TMI as my primer into space elevator technology.

What I liked best about the book was the dialogue. MTC wrote great, both internal dialogue and conversational dialogue. Through his dialogue he developed several strong characters which I look forward to following into his next books. The plot was strong and like all good SciFi, believably takes today's issues and projects them into space. And perhaps best of all, it had its funny parts, lots of them actually, which just made it all the much more fun to read. Good humor must be extremely difficult to write because I so rarely see it, especially in SciFi.

[…] I'm ready for all of the other Planetary Imperatives.

By the way, I plan to take advantage of the Fair Use Doctrine and use excerpts from the book to teach my 9th grade Biology class about symbiotic relationships and organic molecules. I'm always looking for ways to introduce popular fiction into my teaching. The average reading grade level of my high school students is 3rd grade, so I'm constantly using fiction to teach science content in a way that will get them more interested in reading. I'll also put a check-out sleeve on the back cover so they can check out the book to read. I know it'll just get lost or stolen anyway, so at least you'll sell more books to me that way!

Write on,
Sara Burns

August 17th, 2007, 12:39 AM
That's excellent Mark! Congrats!! :whoohoo:

August 17th, 2007, 10:21 AM
Thanks, Dani! All the reviews so far have been glowing. That's always nice to see when you're a newly published author and you're not sure how you work will be received. :)

Diana Castilleja
August 17th, 2007, 10:35 AM
That is a wonderful review. I feel for you Mark. I'm always nervous how my stories will be taken. Congrats on the kudos!

August 17th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Thanks, Diana! Yeah, you never know who's going to like it and who won't.... :)