Advance praise for The Red Planet
"The book is as captivating as any sci-fi novel, and it’s reliable and enthralling in its descriptions of Mars’ geology and history...Morden expertly sets the reader to imagining. All told, The Red Planet reads like a vastly entertaining Michelin’s written by a guide who knows so much about science that he can explain anything to anyone."
– Rebecca Coffey, Forbes
"Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn more about Mars. It will also appeal to those with an interest in the solar system and/or geology."
– Library Journal
"The Red Planet, a geological and historical survey of our solar system neighbor, reads like a compelling travel guide. Simon Morden, an award-winning science-fiction writer with a doctorate in geophysics, embraces both these backgrounds with gusto...this is space writing at its finest, laying out extraterrestrial mysteries and convincing us to care."
– Maddie Bender, Scientific American
"Morden's writing style is friendly and accessible, and his excitement for the subject shines through. It's impressive how much information he packs into a narrative that flows so easily. The Red Planet is an excellent overview and an easy recommendation for space buffs, geologists, or anyone with a general interest in science."
"Vividly describes the current thinking on the natural forces and huge upheavals that shaped the planet over 4.5 billion years. Morden’s writings bring the subject to life. An excellent read. Highly recommended to those interested in knowing more about the fascinating natural history of our near-neighbour Mars.”
– Popular Astronomy
“The writing is noticeably more stylish than normally found in popular science books. An engaging and well-researched book."
– The Fortean Times
"The writing is a triumph, and the descriptions make you think that you’re on Mars already. A stunning vision of what it would be like to walk upon Mars or to navigate its dried up seas and rivers."
"As befits a work about a planet named after the God of War, this is a book of titanic clashing elements, stupendous impacts, cataclysmic eruptions, devastating forces, planet-wrenching seisms. Real heavy metal. You’ll never look at that red dot in the sky the same way again."
– Ian McDonald, author of Luna: Moon Rising
"Written with a poet’s flourish, this is your comprehensive guide to humanity’s future home.”
– Colin Stuart, author of How to Live in Space
"Full of intrigue, like a beautifully narrated adventure detective story that left a satisfying thirst of wanting to know more."
– Professor Lucy Rogers, author of It's Only Rocket Science