I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had recently re-read A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs and I was actually expecting something more along those lines. You know, a "classic" sci-fi adventure that manages to fill up the pages by simply describing everything in sight. In other words: it was very, very dry. TMC didn't really follow this line of writing (even though I felt the environs were adequately described in great detail). This book is more or less a gathering of tales of people who have arrived on Mars in a period of about thirty years. Their experiences range from exploration and encountering locals to post-colony life on the planet surface. Sounds exciting when I say it like that, I know. With all the character POV's and the striking similarities to real life events and other works of fiction, it really kept me going strong til the end. It runs just short of 200 pages which makes it a great run through if you need a break in between other genres or books. I think its a decent example of well-written science fiction without getting ridiculous in Star-Warsiness. Yeah, I make my own adjectives. What of it?