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  1. says:

    “Oxygen” by John B Olson and Randy Ingermanson is a great new science fictionthriller NASA wants to send a crew of four to Mars two men and two women While they are on their way to the Red Planet an explosion seriously damages their ship Now the uestion is who did it? And why?I really enjoyed this novel Christian fiction is not genre I normally read and although there are religious uestions throughout the book I didn’t feel like it was being crammed down my throat The uestions were basic and timeless and hardly a turnoff no matter what your religious viewsThe character development was fantastic They were realistic and intelligent The readers are shown not only their attributes but also their flaws in every action and conversation Bob is confused hurt and incredibly suspicious thanks to his past; the big uestion is whether his behavior is at all warranted I enjoyed the conflicting viewpoints and behavior; the characters were all so human In the end only one character decides to trust the others without any proof only faith A decision every person faces at one point in their livesThis novel investigates the complexity of human relationships and morality It also does an extraordinary job educating the readers on NASA and space travel The uestions brought up when asking whether there really is life on Mars or anywhere other then Earth are incredibly interestingFor those who love science fiction that’s not just skin deep this is a great new novel It was thought provoking entertaining and full of mystery and suspense I can’t wait to read the second of the seriesI received this book through Goodreads First Reads This in no way influenced my review in any way I was not compensated for nor reuired to write a review


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    Originally I first heard of this book when I was fishing for tips on how to write novels and I came across Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method Then I noticed this book and thought I’d give it a read after having seen glowing ratings and compliments about its pace and story Upon finishing my personal review was not one of glowing stars and meritorious comments The beginning of the novel sucked Sure I was thrown right into the fray with our protagonist Valkerie fighting for her life that part was exciting and demonstrated the ingenuity and uick thinking of our main hero Yet after she is rescued by people from NASA she immediately turns into a juvenile who seemed like a high school girl who fretted about how another man Bob thought of her instead of being the confidant accomplished scientist she is The other male protagonist Bob is just as incompetent when it comes to the other sex Having been scarred with a previous romantic mishap he doesn’t talk much which is completely alright until he meets Valkerie After which he turns into another sensitive high school boy whose head was filled with”I wonder if she likes me” “What would I do if she doesn’t like me”So that was the start which I thought was uninterestingThe book picks up pace around the second half and progresses at a great speed until the end which I won’t spoil for you However the author in the attempt of trying to keep up the fast pace makes some of the chapter’s ending seem forced sometimes even deliberately strained to make it look like something big was going to happen nextThe dialogue was cheesy at times almost to the point I wanted to stop reading and the book actually ended prematurely at least it felt like that to meA redeeming factor for this book was the attention to scientific research and detail that I can see from the book and appreciate it Also the tension created in the mid point of the book between the four like three crew members was well done and kept me turning pagesOverall it was a fun read but nothing mind blowing like most of the reviews out there Would have been better if the characters acted a bit sophisticated than clueless lovebirds searching for love; this could have been because the author’s voice was a bit too strong in places and revealed too much I don’t really want to know if a guy thinks whether a girl likes him or not at least not in the form of “I wonder if she likes me” Too straightforward and poorly doneI appreciate the author’s attempt at resolving religious issues on God and what not but that part I mostly skipped because that just was not what I was interested in; even the romantic relationship between the two main leads were strained because of this I thought this was slightly irrational It just seemed too close minded in 2014Anyway pick this book up if you are looking for an exciting ridethat starts slightly late for a causal afternoon read Don’t expect the characters to leave a lingering impression though Probably will not pick up the seuel


  3. says:

    Ok so I was really disappointed in this book despite its heralded award winning reputation Maybe I'm just not as big a sci fi fan as I once was or maybe I'm too selective in this genre but I grew tired of it uickly and just wanted to get to the end simply to see who survived and how My biggest complaint was too many conflicts one after the other after the other I couldn't keep myself in crisis mode and still maintain caring for the characters The author strove to impress on us the many and varied dangers of a long term space mission ok I got that But after several hours I almost gave up on them altogether I just didn't care any As a Star Trek fan I appreciated the nods to Rodenberry's world but those attempts at levity only go so far Spiritually also the book caused me some concern at least up to near the end of the book As another reviewer pointed out it can be refreshing to get Christian characters who are flawed just like the rest of us but the writer seemed to think he could rationally prove some of the hardest uestions of faith People less familiar to Scripture's truth may even be challenged away from simple child like faith by his uestions My apologies to all the fans out there but I won't be reading the seuel


  4. says:

    It's like The Adventures of Tintin Destination Moon goes to marsI can't really talk about this without comparing it to The Martian by Andy Weir Both are about near future manned mars missions bar that they're completely different In general I think The Martian was realistic as far as technology methods how NASA operated ect it was pretty believable Except on one point Mark Watney was on Ares mission 3 This book's crew was Ares 10 which seems realistic to me considering that we didn't get to the moon until Apollo 11 Okay I'm done comparing it to The MartianI wasn't too big on how the thematic material was dispensed It wasn't bad but it definitely could have been betterIf you've been following me you know I'm not prone to rave about books but I've got to say this book had one of the most epic endings I have ever read I thought for sure it was going to be cheesy but it had a twist right at the end that made me want to cackle with delight It still does I won't spoil it but it was very much like the twist right at the end of Point of Impact which is nothing like the movie btw and really made the whole book for meIt was totally worth buyingI'm not sure when I'll read the seuel


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    A while ago I took advantage of a cheap Kindle download of John B Olson and Randy Ingermanson's 2001 novel Oxygen though I'm not a fan of its genre near future scientific thriller I wanted to see if Snowflake guru Ingermanson could actually write fiction and was attracted by the Bonus Goodies For Aspiring Authors included in this editionThe story is about a space mission to Mars We meet the characters—the astronauts— when they are in training before the mission launches The main male character Bob is outwardly self assured but inwardly fearful that he will be axed from the mission The main female character scientist medical doctor and resourceful woman extraordinaire Valkerie joins the crew late bumping Josh to the consternation of some Kennedy and Lex the other male and female astronauts are mysterious and sometimes appear sinister—all the because they are not point of view characters and we don't know their motivations Characters are well developed believable and to varying degrees sympatheticOn launch day we experience the bone shaking liftoff through Valkerie's consciousness and the various mishaps that follow through Valkerie's and Bob's One of the crisis points of the plot occurs when the ground crew realizes that the bruised space craft hurtling toward Mars doesn't have enough oxygen to get the crew of four safely landed on the red planet This shortage combined with the hostile setting makes for a fascinating exploration of the psychology of people under pressure as the astronauts together with mission control decide how to handle their dilemma The authors' probing of the themes of trust loyalty love and faith make the story than just a scientific thrill rideI enjoyed it The authors in their back matter explain how they did their best to make it a page turner John Olson I was obsessed with giving the reader the most extreme ride possible I wanted the tension to be maxed out at every point in every scene of the book Kindle Location 7579 and it certainly was that In fact I could have used a little down time amidst all the high angst The back matter where the authors talk about selling their idea to an agent explain how they researched and wrote the book then uote parts of their submission with comments of what they would do differently if they were submitting that proposal today was enlightening This ten year old award winning book stands up well though its now nearly upon us dates launch January 2014 feel a bit spooky


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    Hard science fiction isn't my usual reading but one of the authors of Oxygen Randy Ingermanson developed a popular outlining method for writers the Snowflake method and I found out about Oxygen on his site I'll admit that what grabbed me was the romance aspect of science fiction romance but I ended up thoroughly enjoying everything about this bookThe story follows a team of four two men and two women who are to be the first astronauts on Mars NASA is short on funds and has had to turn the whole thing into a reality show for money and that and other political considerations nearly trash the mission even before it starts Two of the astronauts Valkyrie one of the women and Bob find themselves attracted to each other but have difficulty working past preconceived notions and other misunderstandings between them A lot of other figurative and literal baggage gets launched into space with the crew and when things go terribly wrong they have to struggle between their suspicions as to who is to blame for the problems and the need to trust their crewmates utterly The excitement and suspense are non stop and I stayed up way too late one night to finish itSome reviewers have pointed out the emotional immaturity of some of the characters; I grew up with scientists though the gene completely skipped me and their colleagues and grad students so I've learned first hand that just because someone is brilliant in one aspect of their life doesn't mean they have to be brilliant in all or any other aspects So I didn't have a problem with thatThis book is also often classified as Christian science fiction The two main characters Valkyrie and Bob are both Christians of different flavors evangelical and Catholic but the book doesn't deal specifically with Christian theology or beliefs It does take an interesting look at the conflicts brought up by the arbitrary and false notion that science and faith cannot coexist the scientists in my family are also religious and also delves deep into the nature of faith when Valkyrie finds the burden of ensuring the mission's success resting entirely on her shoulders with no one else able to help As a Christian myself I found these uestions well worth looking into but I didn't feel like I was sitting through a Sunday School lesson and the story always took precedence over the messageFun exciting suspenseful with a sweet romance and some thought provoking ideas Oxygen is highly recommended even to readers who aren't usually into hard sf


  7. says:

    Oxygen is a well researched and crafted near future Christian science fiction novel Published in 2001 the story is set in 2014 during the first manned mission to Mars Microbial ecologist Valkerie Jansen is assigned to the Ares 10 as late replacement This alone would cause strain for the crew but her faith adds another level of tension When a near catastrophic explosion occurs the crew of two men and two women must learn to trust each other or perish in the cold of space While I pray that the first mission to Mars does not have problems if it does I hope they have someone as resourceful as Valkerie I also hope they never become as paranoid as this crew becomesAll too often Christian fiction is second rate fiction but this is not the case with John Olson and Randall Ingermanson This is excellent science fiction Historical details and NASA jargon are sprinkled into the story along with technical details about the spacecraft and spaceflight These realistic fine points make the story much compellingThe best fiction writers present their stories through setting action thoughts and description Many Science Fiction stories suffer from lengthy paragraphs of telling While Oxygen does have some telling much of the story is told through dialogue or shown through actionsAs a Christian and a lifetime reader of Science Fiction I recommend Oxygen to fans of the genre


  8. says:

    I was surprisingly impressed by this book since sci fi and Christian fiction are not usually a very good combination


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  10. says:

    OxygenOxygen SeriesBook OneBy John B Olsen and Randy IngermansonI purchased the book Oxygen for two reasons one of those being to read the bit at the end with tips for Authors I've no idea if the copy other people get will have the same Another reason was that it looked as though it would be a good Science Fiction read It wasI want to thank the authors for a very good read I read the story first knowing the part at the end could have some spoilers Part of the stuff in the back was how they came across their idea and how they edited it and how they pitched the idea to the publisher All of that I have learned to take with a grain of salt especially when people start using buzz wordy things such as High Concept That they thought that this was the time to focus on the Red Planet would almost make sense except we've been focused on that since long before Edgar Rice Burroughs gave us John Carter of MarsThis book is good science fiction and there has been at least some attempt at rising above the usual level that pure or hard science fiction settles at What I mean by that is that in many pure or hardSF the science becomes the driving force of these novels almost like the science is the protagonist and the characters take back seat becoming cardboard entities that point and explain the science Cardboard like that image floating to the ground in the opening of the movie Making Mr Right Thankfully this story is about the peopleOf course with today's sometimes bad press with the public lives of the people in the space program it's not too far fetched to see that this novel become peopled with a few uirky gems We have everything from the paranoid to glory seeker to the super secretive One would almost expect with all that against us we would have trouble getting things off the ground Team work is important here and I'm not sure these people would always be considered team playersYet there is that element in life and so it might figure even into a good Science Fiction novel though some might argue that in some respects the writers should shun certain attempts a making their characters too real After all we need the heroes and the ones we can look up to unless the idea is to write a bit of over dramatic scripted Reality TVThere are moments when the author's tend to go overboard with the paranoia and over dramatic I believe they try to keep it balanced for the most part and it's much better than trying to believe the space travelers are all going to be flesh and blood robots who always get along It's difficult though and sometimes it looks like the human element is where things fail rather than the science when in reality a lot of drama in space has been in little things in the technology that goes awryThe story begins with Valkerie working too close to an active volcano trying to get research data at the risk to her lifeWe switch to Bob Kaganovski working with NASA and a few friends getting ready to man a flight to Mars Something is going down and Bob's almost certain he's being replaced on the project Meanwhile Valkerie is saved by Steve Perez and Roger Abrams she later learns they are from NASA Eventually she'll find out that she's someones replacementThat's already a formula for competitiveness suspicion and paranoia and its only the beginningFor the most part the various people in the story are believable Even most of the situations that occur through misinformation or lack of information seem plausible One would like to think the people at these agencies are just a bit together than that Truth has proven that there are still glitches on the human side while trying to act out the part of near robots when things go wrong we don't often know how everyone will reactThe writing seems solid I didn't check all the facts but the science is believableOne thing worth mentioning is that the authors made use of the same plot trick of another of my favorite authors I suppose that this could be coincidental though it would mean that neither author has read a lot of Robert Heinlein's stuff there's a plot point that drives this story This could be a spoiler so just be aware;This plot point is very similar to the plot of The Man Who Sold the Moon by Robert Heinlein After reading this book if you have not read TMWSTM; check it out and seeIt boils down to the simple economics of having a reason to travel in space Something to help drive the funding of research and developmentOxygen is pretty good stuff; barring the overtly B movie paranoia moments A pleasure to read for Science Fiction and Fantasy lovers with a little for anyone who is interested in the science partsOn a side note This is published under a Christian label but is not a hardline Christian story it's progressive science rational I think the religion is left for the thinking reader to work outJL Dobias


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Some cool controversy on science faith the meaning of life the existence of God and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyoneThis is the first edition of Oxygen released in May 2001 There is a second edition the Writer's Journey Edition released in September 2011 with several appendices for writer. ddddrrrraaaaawwwwwnnnnnnn out way out

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Valkerie Jansen is tough beautiful and has an uncanny knack for survival But that doesn't explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man two woman crew to Mars or does itBob Kaganovski the ship's mechanic is paid to be paranoid and he's good at it After a teeth rattling launch Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn't prepared him for this trip He can deal with a banged up ship but. Ok so I was really disappointed in this book despite its heralded award winning reputation Maybe I'm just not as big a sci fi fan as I once was or maybe I'm too selective in this genre but I grew tired of it uickly and just wanted to get to the end simply to see who survived and how My biggest complaint was too many conflicts one after the other after the other I couldn't keep myself in crisis mode and still maintain caring for the characters The author strove to impress on us the many and varied dangers of a long term space mission ok I got that But after several hours I almost gave up on them altogether I just didn't care any As a Star Trek fan I appreciated the nods to Rodenberry's world but those attempts at levity only go so far Spiritually also the book caused me some concern at least up to near the end of the book As another reviewer pointed out it can be refreshing to get Christian characters who are flawed just like the rest of us but the writer seemed to think he could rationally prove some of the hardest uestions of faith People less familiar to Scripture's truth may even be challenged away from simple child like faith by his uestions My apologies to all the fans out there but I won't be reading the seuel

John B. Olson Ð 5 review

How's he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition awayHalfway to the Red Planet an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one All evidence points to sabotage and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspectsOxygen is a witty multi award winning roller coaster ride with a plot that moves at the speed of lightThe authors had hoped to work in. A while ago I took advantage of a cheap Kindle download of John B Olson and Randy Ingermanson's 2001 novel Oxygen though I'm not a fan of its genre near future scientific thriller I wanted to see if Snowflake guru Ingermanson could actually write fiction and was attracted by the Bonus Goodies For Aspiring Authors included in this editionThe story is about a space mission to Mars We meet the characters—the astronauts— when they are in training before the mission launches The main male character Bob is outwardly self assured but inwardly fearful that he will be axed from the mission The main female character scientist medical doctor and resourceful woman extraordinaire Valkerie joins the crew late bumping Josh to the consternation of some Kennedy and Lex the other male and female astronauts are mysterious and sometimes appear sinister—all the because they are not point of view characters and we don't know their motivations Characters are well developed believable and to varying degrees sympatheticOn launch day we experience the bone shaking liftoff through Valkerie's consciousness and the various mishaps that follow through Valkerie's and Bob's One of the crisis points of the plot occurs when the ground crew realizes that the bruised space craft hurtling toward Mars doesn't have enough oxygen to get the crew of four safely landed on the red planet This shortage combined with the hostile setting makes for a fascinating exploration of the psychology of people under pressure as the astronauts together with mission control decide how to handle their dilemma The authors' probing of the themes of trust loyalty love and faith make the story than just a scientific thrill rideI enjoyed it The authors in their back matter explain how they did their best to make it a page turner John Olson I was obsessed with giving the reader the most extreme ride possible I wanted the tension to be maxed out at every point in every scene of the book Kindle Location 7579 and it certainly was that In fact I could have used a little down time amidst all the high angst The back matter where the authors talk about selling their idea to an agent explain how they researched and wrote the book then uote parts of their submission with comments of what they would do differently if they were submitting that proposal today was enlightening This ten year old award winning book stands up well though its now nearly upon us dates launch January 2014 feel a bit spooky