"If you forget everything else, remember the most important fact about this planet: Mars has a million ways to kill you."
Lieutenant Mpondo swept his gaze over the twenty new arrivals. Sean Doe, in the fourth and last row, met his dark brown eyes without smiling, nodding, or blinking. Sean was over fifteen years old, and for most of that time people had been trying to kill him.
Sean and the nineteen others -- all of them adults -- sat strapped in, since the Argosy
was still in space and they were weightless. Mpondo, a man of twenty-five with his hair cropped to a shadow on his skull,...