Friday, September 7, 2007

Marooned on Mars by Lester del Rey (1952)

Marooned on Mars, by Lester del Rey (1952)

At left: Paperback (New York: Paperback Library, 1967), #52-415, 185 p., 50¢. From the back cover:

"Determined to be on the first rocket flight from the moon to Mars, stowaway Chuck Svensen endangers the experiment by hiding on board the Eros. His worst fears are realized when he discovers that his presence means less food and fuel for the rest of the crew. And when the Eros crash-lands on the strange Red Planet, Chuck takes it upon himself to bring the ship safely back to the moon. From his first encounter with the menacing rodent-like Martian creatures, to the startling climax in the weird catacombs of a ruined civilization, here is science-fiction at its bizarre best!"

Originally published in 1952, Marooned on Mars was reviewed briefly in the June 22, 1952, issue of The New York Times. For a partial bibliographic history and the citations of several specialized book reviews, see the entry in the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

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