Finding Mars

Ned Rozell

Finding Mars

Ned Rozell

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

190 pages | 128 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781602231221 Published March 2011
E-book $7.00 to $22.95 ISBN: 9781602231238 Published March 2011
Finding Mars is an interwoven tale of science, travel, and adventure, as science writer Ned Rozell accompanies permafrost researcher—and inveterate wanderer—Kenji Yoshikawa on a 750-mile trek by snowmobile through the Alaska wilderness.  Along the way, Rozell learns about Yoshikawa’s fascinating life, from his boyhood in Tokyo to the youthful wanderlust that led him to push a wheeled cart across the Sahara, ski to the South Pole, and take a sailboat into the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean, spending a winter frozen in the ice near Barrow. It’s an always on-the-move account of a man driven not just by the desire to fill in the blank spots on a map, but also to learn everything he can about them—and a ringing testament to the power of science, enthusiasm, and individual inspiration.
1. Not Like the Other Boys
2. Fourth Rock from the Sun
3. Wretched Little Port
4. Empty Spots
5. Wind Is the Eskimo's Friend
6. Dare to Fail
7. Usually, You Die
8. Secret of the Permafrost
9. To the End of the Earth
10. The Wine-Dark Sea
11. The Night of Winter
12. Some Kind of Big Changing
Epilogue: Finding Mars
Review Quotes
Anchorage Press

 “The story of an incredible wanderer and adventurer written with beautifully descriptive prose that draws the reader in immediately. . . . Rozell does an admirable job relating the odyssey of a man who has seen more of this planet than most.”

Book News

"As much a tale of individual inspiration as it is about science and a snowmobile trek through the Alaskan wilderness, this is an engaging narative of science, travel, and adventure—with an intertwined biography."—Book News

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