The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World


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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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6.0 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Sarah Stewart Johnson is an associate professor of planetary science at Georgetown University. A former Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow, she received her PhD from MIT and has worked on NASA's Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers. She is also a visiting scientist with the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She won a Whiting Award in Nonfiction for her first book, The Sirens of Mars.


"This elegantly crafted book describes humanity's understanding of the Red Planet and conveys what it's like to be a young scientist involved in the quest to discover more."--Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

"Poetically written, superb in its scene setting and storytelling, majestic in its vision, The Sirens of Mars will give readers a new appreciation for the preciousness of life in the cosmos."--Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams

"The Sirens of Mars provides the prospect of great discovery, the future of space science, and an introduction to a writer of the first rank."--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

"An enthusiastic and lyrical chronicle of the scientific quest to uncover Mars's secrets."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A vivid, poetic account."--Kirkus Reviews

"A lyrical sonnet to a distant world, a human story of exploration, and a personal quest filled with insight and wisdom, Sarah Stewart Johnson's book beautifully captures our fascination with the planet Mars--and the lessons learned from a planet both alien and alike."--Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Poison Squad