First Edition 1957.
Burke Publishing Company.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Cover illustration by Patricia Cullen.
A Maurice Gray novel.
Reprinted in 1960 in the Falcon Library series.
Revised edition published in 1974.
The blurb below is from the 1960 Falcon Library hardback edition.
Publisher’s Blurb – Dust Jacket Flaps
Maurice Gray has grown used to living on Mars and since his early adventures there, as told in Mission to Mars and The Domes of Mars, he has come to regard the Red Planet as his real home.
When Maurice, together with Bruce Talbot and David Mellor, leaves Base Headquarters to establish a new research dome in the dust-desert he has no thought of immediate peril; yet the danger is close, as he soon finds out. Oddly enough, it is partly of his own making.
What follows is even more unexpected. Mars as a colony costs money - and some of the United Nations governments are unwilling to keep paying for what they regard as a crazy scientific venture. There is talk of closing the colony and bringing all the scientists home. This means almost certain death for Maurice, Bruce and David who have spent years on Mars and have become so used to conditions there that they can no longer live safely on Earth.
Maurice and his companions run the risk of returning to the planet of their birth but whether they will live to blast off once more seems more than doubtful. What will happen to them? And what will happen to the other luckless scientists on Mars?
The exciting conclusions to their remarkable adventures are set against the authentic background of the author’s own scientific knowledge.
Patrick Moore has been interested in the possibilities of space travel since his boyhood, though his main interests are in the field of pure astronomy.
During the war he served in the Royal Air Force as a bomber navigator, and for the last five years has concentrated on writing. His popular scientific books include The Boys’ Book of Space (translated into French and Italian), Guide to the Moon, Guide to the Planets (both originally published some years ago, and now re-issued as paperback editions), Guide to Mars, a popular survey of what is known about Mars itself, and The Boys’ Book of Astronomy.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Director of the Mercury and Venus Section of the British Astronomical Association, and a Fellow and Council Member of the British Interplanetary Society, as well as being associated with many foreign societies.
He is well known to millions on account of his monthly astronomical programme on BBC Television, The Sky at Night.
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