They say that reality mimics art and we find this to be true in civilization and human societies. For instance, science fiction authors discuss technologies and adventures that eventually come to pass. Is it because we read their works and dreamed of it and through human intent made it so? And if this is the case, what if they never wrote about it or made mention of it in the first place? Would we still have accomplished it or would we have spent our time on other things?
For instance; consider that Arthur C Clarke discussed net-centric satellite systems for communication? And other science fiction writers discussed deep sea submersibles and satellite space stations, even super telescopes in space. You see, how science fiction writers shape our world? And they do so above the fray of politics or scientific fiefdoms, where scientists are busy tearing down other peoples work in a primate political fashion for top billing.
Soon, we will have a man on Mars, or a woman and a base station, outpost, colony. Ben Bova a very excellent science fiction author and former editor of the famous Omni Magazine wrote two excellent books; Mars and Return to Mars, which did a lot to help promote a manned mission to the red planet. No, he was not the first to write about it, but he has widened the dream, soon it will be so, as reality mimics art. I therefore would like to recommend a very good book to you:
"Return to Mars" by Ben Bova; Avon Books, New York, NY; 1999.
This book is a science fiction suspense thriller and it will keep you up all night reading it, as you will not be able to put it down. Ben Bova has a way of doing this to his readers, and they love his works. Please consider this book and the future of man in space and a human colony on Mars.