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Oxygen [Paperback]
by John B. Olson, Randall Ingermanson

In the year 2012, Valkerie Jansen, a young microbial ecologist, is presented with an amazing opportunity to continue her research as a member of the NASA corps of astronauts. When a sudden resignation opens the door for her to be a part of a mission to Mars, her life dream becomes a reality.

Dreams turn suddenly to nightmares for NASA and the crew as an explosion cripples the spacecraft on the outward voyage. The crew's survival depends on complete trust in one anotheróbut is one of the four the saboteur?

Awards: Angel; Christy (2002--futuristic); Foreword Magazine--2001 Bronze Award

Sequel: The Fifth Man

Bethany House (May 2001). Trade paperback. 288 pages.

Author Web Site(s): http://www.litany.com and http://www.ingermanson.com/

Author Interview: See the August 13, 2003 Edenstar interview with Randall Ingermanson.

Check out reviews at Amazon.com of Oxygen.

See the review at ChristianFictionReview.com.

Edenstar Review:
"Oxygen" starts like any number of science fiction novels. Four astronauts begin a trip to explore a new territory. But it doesn't stay typical for long.

Tension builds as the astronauts find unexpected conflicts. Because they're to be in claustrophobic quarters for two years, and they can't turn back, they're forced to resolve and compromise without wasting time.

It gets worse after an explosion makes them wonder if there's a saboteur on board. And when they realize the only way to get all of them to Mars alive is for three of them to go into suspended animation....

The authors introduce necessary scientific informatiion but it's not intrusive or dumbed-down. They create vivid imagery--the book has a "you are there" feel. It must have helped that one of the manuscript readers was Shannon Lucid, an astronaut.

There are no rabbits being pulled out of hats. Apparent inconsistencies are plausibly explained and do not contradict the natures of the characters. The storyline doesn't always go in predictible ways, and yet it works. All the clues are there, but they aren't easy to spot. The authors are honest.

"Oxygen" was hard to put down. The best time to start is when there's enough time to devour large parts of it.
Highly recommended.

Reviewed August 21, 2003 for Edenstar by Bill Bader.

Product Code: 1485
ISBN: 0764224425

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