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Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2027. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable.

It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.

The race is on. Private companies, driven by iconoclastic entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, and Sir Richard Branson; Dutch reality show and space mission Mars One; NASA; and the Chinese government are among the many groups competing to plant the first stake on Mars and open the door for human habitation. Why go to Mars? Life on Mars has potential life-saving possibilities for everyone on earth. Depleting water supplies, overwhelming climate change, and a host of other disasters—from terrorist attacks to meteor strikes—all loom large. We must become a space-faring species to survive. We have the technology not only to get humans to Mars, but to convert Mars into another habitable planet. It will likely take 300 years to “terraform” Mars, as the jargon goes, but we can turn it into a veritable second Garden of Eden. And we can live there, in specially designed habitations, within the next twenty years.

In this exciting chronicle, Petranek introduces the circus of lively characters all engaged in a dramatic effort to be the first to settle the Red Planet. How We’ll Live on Mars brings firsthand reporting, interviews with key participants, and extensive research to bear on the question of how we can expect to see life on Mars within the next twenty years.

Science & Nature
July 7
Simon & Schuster/ TED

Customer Reviews

Chris1543 ,

Reporting on SpaceX's Mars plans

At first I thought this was an advertisement for Elon Musk's SpaceX plans, but it seems that the author is reporting from the only viable source at this time for how to colonize Mars and why. I wish I had $500K to be able to move to Mars or at least be on the first flyby trip for couples - what a great marriage retreat!

Adamgamer108 ,

Amazing Book

Amazing book

leonid.t ,

A wonderful book

Clearly written, concise, educational and endlessly inspiring. The most interesting part for me was about the Mars economics and how our iPhones or whatever we will have then may one day be realistically mass manufactured on that planet, from metals harvested on asteroid nearby. Insane!

Much recommended.

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