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Red Thunder (Paperback)

Author:  John Varley
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0441011624
ISBN-13: 9780441011629
Sku: 36259030
Publish Date: 4/1/2004
Pages:  411
Age Range:  22 to UP
 
Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.
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An unlikely group of seven suburban misfits bands together to construct a spaceship built out of old tanker cars that they call Red Thunder, determined to beat the Chinese in a race to become the first humans to set foot on Mars.Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.An unlikely group of seven suburban misfits bands together to construct a spaceship built out of old tanker cars that they call Red Thunder, determined to beat the Chinese in a race to become the first humans to set foot on Mars.
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As government-sponsored manned missions from China and the United States vie to be the first to land on Mars, a homemade spaceship built and crewed by four Florida teens, an alcoholic former astronaut, and an unconventional scientific savant enters the space race in this Heinleinian homage by John Varley.
Author Bio
John Varley
John Herbert Varley began writing in 1974 with a series of short stories, many of which were collected in THE PERSISTENCE OF VISION (1978)--the title story won both the Hugo and Nebula awards--and THE BARBIE MURDERS (1980). This early work, together with his debut novel, THE OPHIUCHI HOTLINE (1977), immediately set him apart in the field, presenting his vision of the future, in which humankind, having been deemed largely a failure, is evicted from Earth and sent to try and make its way among the stars. Varley continued along this track in the Gaean series--TITAN (1979), WIZARD (1980), and DEMON (1984)--which was nominated for several awards. In this series, he maintained the earlier themes while letting humanity loose in a series of alternate dimensions entered from Jupiter's moon, Titan. Varley's next published book was a collection, BLUE CHAMPAGNE (1986). The stories, mostly written in the first half of the 1980s, joined the earlier stories and THE OPHIUCHI HOTLINE in what had, by then, come to be called the Eight Worlds series. The collection contained two previously unpublished stories, and two Hugo winners, "The Pusher" and "Press Enter []," which also won the Nebula Award. In 1989, a movie based on the novel MILLENNIUM (1983) was released starring Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd. It was the second film based on Varley's work--the first being OVERDRAWN AT THE MEMORY BANK (1985), a made-for-television movie from the 1976 short story of the same name, starring Raul Julia. Oddly enough, actor Maury Chaykin appeared in both films. STEEL BEACH (1992), Varley's next novel, was also a part of the Eight Worlds series, and was heralded by many critics as a brilliant, though somewhat bleak, view of the future of humankind. THE GOLDEN GLOBE (1998) is another book in the series, but introduces some more playful elements to Varley's vision.

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"[R]iveting....With hilarious, well-drawn characters, extraordinary situations presented plausibly, plus exciting action and adventure, this book should do thunderously well." (starred review) 04/31/2003

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0411
Product attributePublisher:   Ace Books
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