Haldeman, Joe W.. Marsbound. New York: Ace Books, 2008. Print.
Annotation: a young girl and her family win a lottery and get to go to Mars.
You and your family have just won the lottery. The prize? You are going to Mars!Carmen Dula is19 and a virgin, and on her way to being one of the first families to live on Mars, and wondering, if while there, she will have an opportunity to lose her virginity. After all how many young people can there be on a planet with a hostile environment and everyone lives in bubble like shelters? Where all of the adults have been chosen because they have science knowledge or other skills needed for a settlement colony? Well as it turns out, not only does Carmen not need to worry about losing her virginity on Mars, (because that happens on the way there), but she has another first that no one fore saw. She makes contact with an alien!
This is a great "Hard" science story. Joe Haldeman has won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his ability to take you there. Here he weaves real science concepts and ideas of long distance space travel and man's ingenuity to overcome little obstacles like living in tonic environments. He portrays and describes through the characters, what everyday life would be like from what we already know about space travel and living over time in a zero gravity environment. This is a must read for those that are curious about what's out there!