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"Science fiction as it should be. Retrograde combines realistic characters with depictions of Mars as our explorers will one day find it in a powerful story. A must-read!" -- BEN BOVA, Hugo Award winner, and author of the Grand Tour series

"For lovers of Andy Weir's The Martian, here's a true hard science-fiction tale set on the red planet--a terrific blend of high tech and high tension, of science and suspense, of characters and crisis."--ROBERT J. SAWYER, Hugo Award winning author of Red Planet Blues

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All too often, popular science fiction is incompetent. Astronauts travel halfway across the galaxy, land on some strange alien planet, and remove their helmets only to become infected with something hideous. In reality, that would never happen. So what would shake explorers in the future? What would trouble a highly disciplined, experienced, well-trained team? What is the one eventuality that would shake the crew of an international colony on Mars? The one eventuality no one could prepare for--a disaster on Earth.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition (September 12, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1328834557
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1328834553
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
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Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in making hard science fiction easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable.

His FIRST CONTACT series is topical rather than character-based, meaning each book stands alone. These novels can be read in any order, but they all focus on the same topic of First Contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms. In this regard, the series is akin to BLACK MIRROR or THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there's no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter's forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.

Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog http://thinkingscifi.wordpress.com/

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By J. Carter on August 29, 2018
I have read several of Peter Cawdron's novels and all have been very enjoyable. As a long time reader, I prefer stories that are immersive and engaging. "Retrograde" was both. Well researched and written, it describes a very potentially real "future history." I bought the hard copy that comes with an excellently rendered dust cover for my shelf and the Kindle book to read again. Peter's writing is very descriptive and concentrates on his protagonist's frame of mind during the events he create. This involves a cohesive back story and provides empathy to the character. On top of that, this story line has many twists and turns that continue to surprise to the very end. I can't wait for the sequel...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Martian Story that Explodes into Action
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and engrossing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed 'the Martian' then read this. If you haven't then read this anyway.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The presentation is corrupt, pages don't follow on properly, nothing makes sense.
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