Friday, December 23, 2011

New SF mystery novel: Mars Station Alpha by Stephen Penner

Seattle area author & artist Stephen Penner had his new novel Mars Station Alpha published earlier this month by Ring of Fire Publishing. Described as a locked-room-mystery-in-space-science-fiction-thriller, here’s the promotional blurb:

The colonists of the first space station on Mars have vanished.

Captain John Stanton leads a second team to the Red Planet, unsure what he'll find. Originally assigned merely to relieve the first group, Stanton must now figure out what happened to them, and keep the same fate from befalling his own crew. As he investigates, the mystery deepens and the dangers multiply: remorseless sandstorms, virulent bacteria... perhaps even ancient Martian ghosts.

Stanton's mission changes from relief, to rescue, to simple escape.

You can read the first couple of chapters of Mars Station Alpha through Amazon.


  1. So glad to see this on a blog. One of the best authors of 2011. I can not wait to see what he shows in 2012. I loved this book.

  2. This might be short-lived, and it might (for all I know) be UK-only, but right now this book is available as a FREE Kindle book on Amazon.

    You don't have to own a Kindle to read it; you can use the free Kindle reader on a PC.