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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fascinating Hypothesis
Many people who consider the phrase science fiction to be populated by Star Trek-ish characters and zap guns will be pleasantly surprised by this novel. Writers have always done a "what-if" regarding the Kennedy assassination, but Mr. Baxter has done a remarkable what-if in regards to NASA and the possibility of a Mars mission. In fact, NASA is the only...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen gripping and realistic
Very thoroughly researched and well written, but -compared to Titan - there are more lenghts. To me NASA internals, as important for the space program as they might be, are not the utmost compelling in a science fiction novel. Anyway, the insights gathered are worth it and the story feels very realistic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fascinating Hypothesis, 20. Juli 2000
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Many people who consider the phrase science fiction to be populated by Star Trek-ish characters and zap guns will be pleasantly surprised by this novel. Writers have always done a "what-if" regarding the Kennedy assassination, but Mr. Baxter has done a remarkable what-if in regards to NASA and the possibility of a Mars mission. In fact, NASA is the only entity to have actually been affected by Kennedy's survival; everything else -- Vietnam, Watergate, and every other political moment -- has remained surprisingly intact. The characters are true to life and the situations mirror what NASA might have done to prepare for a Mars landing, the blunders it might have made that are chillingly similar to the ones they made that lead to the Challenger disaster, and the ultimate soaring of the American and human spirit once success had been achieved. The only drawback is the technical writing; Mr. Baxter goes into perhaps too much detail on the technical aspects of the NASA missions, but not enough to detract from the human drama.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Some others of Baxter's sources, 3. Juli 2000
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I liked the book a lot; even if I felt, as some others have, that maybe a world with Mariner 10, Viking, Voyager and Hubble is actually a richer one than one with a single-shot Mars mission. Part of his achievement is that he makes you really ask yourself what you'd rather have seen happen.
However, I don't think the political mechanism he invents is as plausible as the technology.
Others have noted that aspects of the novel draw on Charles Murray and Catherine Bly Cox's excellent "Apollo". Readers may also like to seek out "Angle of Attack" by Mike Gray, as this book on Harrison "Stormy" Storms of North American appears to have informed the J K Lee character; and "The making of an ex-astronaut" by onetime NASA scientist-astronaut Brian O'Leary, which contributes a couple of threads to the Natalie York character.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen gripping and realistic, 2. Februar 2014
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Very thoroughly researched and well written, but -compared to Titan - there are more lenghts. To me NASA internals, as important for the space program as they might be, are not the utmost compelling in a science fiction novel. Anyway, the insights gathered are worth it and the story feels very realistic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Baxter's Best., 24. Januar 2000
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VOYAGE was the second book by Stephen Baxter that I've read, but it's the best one. I have to say it--Baxter's got stones--big ones. He tackles an alternate history's journey to Mars in 1986 with ease. Everything is researched to the letter and feels real, from the inner workings of NASA to the tragedy of a nuclear-powered Apollo flight (shades of the Challenger disaster) to the characters themselves. Here is a writer who actually gives a damn about the characters he creates, and does not give them the short strift just to lavish everything on the technology. True, I wished there could have been more on the astronauts' exploration on Mars, but that was not Baxter's point. It's _how_ we get to the Red Planet and _why_ we should go that's important. He also shows the scientific cost--no space shuttle, no Voyager or Viking missions... To put everything in simple terms--if you like science fiction, if you are interested in the space program, or if you just like books that are damned good--read VOYAGE.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly enjoyable flight of fancy, 11. Januar 2000
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I'm a hard sci fi fan and was a little worried about reading an "alternate history" novel but this worked. Baxter's attention to detail, both historical and technical, makes this story believable. Given our current track record with Mars I think these guys would more likely have died an ugly death using Apollo technology to try to get there but my disbelief was suspended and I enjoyed the ride.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Baxter does it again!, 24. Dezember 1999
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I must say I have found Baxter very worthwhile reads and this one is exceptional. He has thoroughly researched his subject and presents a compelling and totally convincing scenario of what might have been. The characters and events are woolven in a tapestry which neither paints astronauts as clowns nor as Glennian heros but as real complex people caught in a bureaucratic hell called NASA. The contractors are just like people I have met in my own life. Like few writers of science fiction Baxter has a sense of Realpolitik and existential angst about his work which makes his stories totally compelling to anyone who has lived in this world a more than a couple of years. I recommend this book highly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Better than I thought, 6. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Voyage (Taschenbuch)
I came to know Baxter's writing through his more SF type books such as Ring and the Time Ships and in those respects he seemed a natural successor to HG Wells and the others who used ideas to drive their novels. And then I see this book. The first thing that tipped me off is that there's no mention of his other SF books in any of the author bios, even though some of them have won awards and stuff and been generally acclaimed, in fact if you didn't see the listing of his novels in the front of the book you'd think that this was his first novel. So, geez, I thought to myself, a SF writer trying to play down his science fiction past in order to make himself more appealing to the mainstream, nothing I hadn't seen before but since I had faith in Baxter I figured I'd give the book a try. And you know what it's not bad, the history extrapolation are just as good as anyone else's but the premise is good and the feelings that it ignites in you, the actual thought of us going to Mars, if there's anything that rekindles that desire to get there, this could be the book. The book focuses more on actually getting there as opposed to what we would do there which is a small complaint, I would have at least like to see what happens to the characters when they got back to Earth and got on with their lives, I mean face it after going to Mars everything else is certainly downhill from there. That and the characters are a tad stock at times, of course the woman is a no nonsese lady with a chip on her shoulder and the African character is always angry and all the astronauts are "just one of the boys" and you do realize this during the course of the book but really when you take everything together it's a good effort. It does the job which is show how we could get to Mars and manages to be entertaining along the way, encompassing truimph and tragedy and showing the lengths that people are driven to realize their goals. Baxter's next book after this was something else along this line as well (Titan) and while I hope he gets back to his older stuff I can make do with this for the moment, it goes down quite easy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great portrayal of Mars promises made years ago, 14. Mai 1999
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Loved this book! Like many of us, I was taught in school that we would make it to Mars by the 1980s. I really enjoyed how Baxter's book took me back to those childhood dreams. Later as an adult, I went on to work with the Shuttle project in Houston, and it was wonderful for someone to portray how my career and the JSC environment could have evolved, had we kept those childhood promises.
I'm looking forward to a sequel.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Could have been an excellent book., 25. April 1999
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A book about the future that takes the premise that Kennedy wasn't killed and therefore the space program went ahead in a more comprehensive and better funded form is a good concept if you can believe that he also controlled the Senate as well as Congress so he could get the funding proposals he wanted through. As well as this criticism the main characters are good examples of stock science fiction spacefillers. If you want to read a more realistic and believable story about space exploration read his other book on this topic 'Titan'.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent piece of Realistic Science Fiction, 15. April 1999
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Voyage has depth of characters, real life dilemmas and hope and dream, combined into one novel.
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