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Rebels of the Red Planet

Charles Louis Fontenay

Book Overview: 

Dark Kensington had been dead for twenty-five years. It was a fact; everyone knew it. Then suddenly he reappeared, youthful, brilliant, ready to take over the Phoenix, the rebel group that worked to overthrow the tyranny that gripped the settlers on Mars.

The Phoenix had been destroyed not once, not twice, but three times! But this time the resurrected Dark had new plans, plans which involved dangerous experiments in mutation and psionics.

And now the rebels realized they were in double jeopardy. Not only from the government’s desperate hatred of their movement, but also from the growing possibility that the new breed of mutated monsters would get out of hand and bring terrors never before known to man.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Desert Rats," he said. "Very appropriate. They consider us in the same category as rats."

Dark had been standing, casually at ease, before the Chief's desk, with the air of a man who does not tire from standing. Now he did something Fancher would not have dared: without the Chief's invitation, Dark sat down in a comfortable chair, leaned back and stretched out his legs in relaxation.

"It's a little hard for me to realize there's a twenty-five-year gap in my memory," he said. "It seems to me that it has been less than a month ago that Goat and I were together, with other refugees from the government edict, in the Icaria Desert. Why did you ask me about Goat?"

"Because the government brought him back to Mars City not three months ago," answered the Chief. "None of us had any idea where he was, but it turns out that the government has had him working under surveillance some place in the Xanthe Desert north of Solis Lacus. Since it was not far from. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Mars. Barsoom. Desert Planet.

After decades of human settlement, Mars remains an inhospitable place where people are confined to pressurized environments. All trade must go through the Mars Corporation, which is more interested in maximizing profits than making life comfortable for the colonists. Ter

'Dark Kensington had been dead for twenty-five years. It was a fact; everyone knew it. Then suddenly he reappeared, youthful, brilliant, ready to take over the Phoenix, the rebel group that worked to overthrow the tyranny that gripped the settlers on Mars.
The Phoenix had been destroyed not once, no

Best thing I can say about this story is that it provides more evidence that JJ Abrams did NOT invent the phenomenon of throwing a couple dozen balls in the air to drive a plot and then forgetting about almost all of them.

The good thing is that means there are a lot of genuinely imaginative elements

Excellent fantasy listening

I was expecting an old-fashioned space opera to relax with, but this one gets extra points for a level of strangeness above and beyond the call of duty. This colonized Mars has unusual politics, which include anti-witchcraft laws, and a revolution that has headquarters in a barber college. It's rule

Overall ok for a pulp , but I could not get past one glaring inconsistency.

He spent a lot of time talking about an unterraformed Mars and genetically changing people to be able to survive in the low oxygen, low air pressure conditions without a spacesuit....unlikely but i could live with it.

But the

While it feels dated, it's still a good read for good old classic sci-fi fans

Genetic modification plays a key part in Rebels of the Red Planet. Why terraform a planet when you can modify humans to live there? Well, it's illegal, but why should that stop anyone. The martians have technology that can successfully do genetic manipulation, but earth scientists have not mastered

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