Tycoon Art Thrasher is determined to get to Mars or bust. He risks his company, gathers a group of billionaire financiers and gets some of the best personnel. Unfortunately, Art faces a territorial NASA, technological problems and people with multiple agendas. Can Art succeed or will he lose everything before liftoff?
Art is a likable mixture of energetic, cunning, a bit of a reprobate and a dreamer. Bova shows how a mission could get to Mars with a light touch. He puts in technology, human conflicts and the experience of space flight without inundating the reader in details. Art’s character also adds a touch of humor to the process even as he faces some serious challenges to his mission. Mars, Inc. The Billionaire’s Club could be a match for those looking for a tale of getting to the Red Planet and/or a likable protagonist.
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Another humorous story that also examines some of the issues in getting to Mars is Voyage to the Red Planet by Terry Bisson.
When a tragic failure leads to NASA giving up getting to Mars billionaire John Axelrod steps in The Martian Race by Gregory Benford.
Books such as The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must also look into how humans could get to Mars.