SciFri Book Club Goes to Mars!

The Science Friday Book Club is back with another out-of-this world read for this spring! Last season, SciFri hosts invited readers and listeners to focus on climate change, coastal flooding, and its effects on communities around the country though Elizabeth Rush's book Rising. This time, the SciFri Book Club is exploring the past, present and future of the search for life on Mars (and the author’s place within that history as an environmental geoscientist) with Sarah Stewart Johnson’s The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World. Published in 2020, the book follows the history of humanity’s fascination with Mars, and what we discovered about its history—and ourselves—when we finally got the chance to see its surface clearly. And it's not just about reading or listening to the book - there are lots of events scheduled to keep your interest piqued and ready for the ultimate Mars trivia game on March 30!

But wait, there's more! Denver Public Library is partnering with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. for some skygazing and a talk about Mars by "the Cosmobiologist" Dr. Graham Lau. Registration required, but at no cost, at DMNS Events. This will be roof top astronomy at its best!

Starting on March 1 there will be unlimited eBook and audio eBook downloads of The Sirens of Mars to make it easy to read and listen along with the SciFri Book Club. And for a deeper dive into Mars, consider these additional titles:

  • 4th Rock from the Sun: the Story of Mars by Nicky Jenner - Science writer Jenner illuminates the significance of Mars to humankind, covering geology, pop culture, history, and more. With a quirky tone, she describes ancients mythologizing the red planet; modern authors writing Mars into the zeitgeist, including in such creations as The War of the Worlds and Marvin the Martian; and scientists studying its geology to understand its watery history and the possibility of life there.
  • Managing Martians by Donna Shirley, with Danelle Morton - The leader of the team that created the revolutionary Mars Sojourner rover chronicles her trailblazing career in space exploration and tells the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of the celebrated Mars Pathfinder mission.
  • Missions to Mars: a New Era of Rover and Spacecraft Discovery on the Red Planet by Larry S. Crumpler - From a long-term planning lead for the Mars Exploration Rover Project comes this vivid insider account of some of NASA's most vital and exciting missions to the Red Planet, illustrated with full-color photographs-a wondrous chronicle of unprecedented scientific discovery and the search for evidence of life on Mars.
  • Postcards from Mars: the First Photographer on the Red Planet by Jim Bell. - Jim Bell led the photography team in the historic mobile Robert mission to Mars. With his unique perspective, these images take the viewer from the brave launches of these robots to the alien landscape they discovered and the mysteries of the planet they helped to solve. 

If you could travel to any planet, which one would you go to? Tell us in the comments below!


Written by Dodie on February 25, 2022

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