Hero. Legend. Role model. He’s none of those.
Blunt Yorkshireman and reality TV show winner, Flint Dugdale, has used his large frame and ‘persuasive personality’ to take charge of Britain’s first mission to Mars. Little does he know that the base, built by an advance party of inept robots, is far from ready; it has no food, no water and no doors.
Nor is he aware that the ship’s scanners are picking up strange signals from the planet. There is life down there. But will it be pleased to see him?
“A real gem that will have you grinning inanely … as well as laughing out loud at inopportune times.”
“Funny and silly and wicked by turns”
Based on true events that haven’t happened yet.
Mark Roman is a research scientist living in London with his wife (also a scientist) and two young children, neither of whom wants to become a scientist … ever. He writes during his spare time or when no one is looking. His first book, The Ultimate Inferior Being, won a bronze award in the Wishing Shelf Awards, 2013. Two chapters from the current book, The Worst Man on Mars, have been shortlisted for awards: Ch.10 in the Short Story Category of the Yeovil Literary Prize, 2014, and Ch.1 in the Booksie First Chapter Writing Contest, 2016.
The other half of this writing partnership, Corben Duke, was born in a Yorkshire cave after his mother became stuck during a pot-holing holiday, Corben was left behind and raised by bats. Later he became a shack-dweller on Doom Beach, Bernard Island in the Outer Hebrides where he now lives with his wife Mrs Duke and his two dogs, Crusher and Mr Fluffy.
Mark and Corben have never met. Their book was written entirely by exchange of e-mails and insults.
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