Red Thunder

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Ace Books, 2003 - Fiction - 411 pages
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In the highly anticipated new novel by John Varley, "one of the genre's most accomplished storytellers" (Publishers Weekly), a manned mission to Mars becomes a personal mission for an unlikely bunch of astronauts: seven suburban misfits who have constructed a spaceship built out of old tanker cars and held together with all-American ambition. They call her Red Thunder. They plan to be the first people on the Red Planet...despite China's big head start. If it didn't sound so crazy, it would be history in the making...

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I enjoyed the pace of the book and the charaters. - Goodreads
Enjoyable plot and good characters. - Goodreads
Varley spins a good yarn. - Goodreads
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Good, old fashioned Heinlein-esque space opera. A couple of shout-outs, including one to Carl Hiaasen were found. Read full review

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Varley takes an implausible scenario, two college students who are wannabe astronauts, stumble across an ex-astronaut who is now washed up after his drinking problems. The ex-astronaut's cousin is a ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, and Mammoth. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.

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