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The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson, review: if any book can make you want to go to Mars, this is it –

Sarah Stewart Johnson makes the quest to find life on Mars thrilling – despite its fruitlessness



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Not everyone gave up hope. In 1974, Carl Sagan published an article suggesting there could be large animals loping across Marss surface. After all, the Arctic looks pretty lifeless, too, until you bump into a polar bear. Sagan like all the scientists who wander through these pages is brought affectionately to life with a novelists flair for detail, his quirks, flaws and childhood dreams sketched out in a paragraph. 
Johnson sees herself as part of a peculiar band of Mars scientists, fiercely bo…

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