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Book: Blood Red Dust (Generation Mars Book 1) by Stuart Aken

Book: Blood Red Dust (Generation Mars Book 1) by Stuart Aken

categories: Book, Mars, Dystopian, Battle, Survival, Relationships, Lovers, Sexual Attitudes, Big Business, Climate Change, Environment, Adventure, Science Fiction


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Author Stuart Akenabout this book: They are the Chosen: a small group of highly intelligent, socially liberal, scientifically educated people selected as saviours of humanity. The world, irreparably damaged by climate change, which has run riot, causing floods, megastorms, droughts and uncontrollable forest fires, is unlikely to serve humanity much longer.

Mars is the well-prepared base for these pioneers who form the basis for a new type of living. But there's an unforeseen, potentially fatal, flaw in the planning. A small group of religious fanatics is dedicated to destroying all humanity in the expectation of a paradisiacal afterlife for themselves.

Will the Chosen, small in number but big on ideas, defeat the nihilistic terrorists and fulfil the objectives of their sponsors? Or will the fanatics win the day and leave the solar system cleansed of human influence?

I was inspired to write this novel, the first in a series called, Generation Mars, whilst researching climate change for a short story. At the same time, I was also considering a science fiction novel and doing research on the nearest likely planet, our neighbour, Mars.

The two areas of exploration merged in what to me was a natural way to form the basis of a story set on the red planet. It's placed in the relatively near future, since the exponential rate of discovery and development in science is now creating a new world of possibilities. As an optimist, I'm driven by hope for a great future for mankind. As a rational thinker, I'm seriously disturbed by many aspects of modern life and the way they impact on our possible future. To understand how I resolved these issues you'll need to read the books.

Review by Glen Donaldson: 'There's a new voice and a quite robust imagination lighting up the sci-fi literary cosmos; and one that speaks with a mythically crisp British accent.'

Review by Alara: 'One of the great strengths of the book is in the credibility of its world-building. The near-future human colonisation of the solar system is really well explained and presented in a way that makes it easy to accept.'

Review by Alex Anderson: 'The story itself is rather fast-paced as space novels go. It doesn't get bogged down in overly complex scientific principles or language.'


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