Oxygen by John B. Olson and Randy Ingermanson
Experience this science fiction classic in a whole new way as you get a peek behind the curtain and experience the authors’ journey as they wrote this compelling story.
628 pg. | ISBN: 978-7-935929-37-6
Valkerie Jansen is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival. But that doesn’t explain why NASA picks her to be part of a two man, two woman crew to Mars — or does it?
Bob Kaganovski, the ship’s mechanic, is paid to be paranoid — and he’s good at it. After a teeth-rattling launch, Bob realizes that his paranoia hasn’t prepared him for this trip. He can deal with a banged-up ship, but how’s he going to survive the next five months with HER just a flimsy partition away?Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the crew with only enough oxygen for one. All evidence points to sabotage — and Valkerie and Bob are the obvious suspects.
Oxygen is a witty, multi-award-winning roller coaster ride, with a plot that moves at the speed of light.The authors had hoped to work in some cool controversy on science, faith, the meaning of life, the existence of God, and possibly even the Coke versus Pepsi debate, but they were having so much fun writing the story that they forgot to offend anyone.
About the Authors:
John and Randy have been collaborating on one crazy project after another for the past fifteen years.
Not only are they novelists, Ph.D. scientists, and entrepreneurs who’ve founded four different corporations between them, but rumor has it that they prowl the night wearing steampunk battle gear to rid the streets of vampires, werewolves, and ducks that poop on your front lawn after it rains.
John and Randy deny all such tales as “vicious exaggeration.”
The Story Behind Oxygen – The Writer’s Journey Edition
As told by Randy Ingermanson
When John and I started working on the new release back in March, we thought it would be pretty easy to tighten up the writing a bit. But then we started talking about the parts of OXYGEN that we didn’t like so much, and we discovered that there were some scenes we both hated.
And that scared the liver out of us, because as a whole, the original story worked very well. A lot of readers loved it and we won a pile of awards for it.
So we didn’t want to break anything, but we still wanted to fix those pesky scenes that seemed to us to be clearly broken.
It took us months to polish them up, but we finally got it done, and just in time.
The main “catastrophe in space” storyline hasn’t changed at all. That’s still exactly the same.
So what’s changed?
The romantic storyline between our heroine and hero has been buffed up a bit. We added a little more heat where it was needed early on, and we removed some conflict which we thought was heavy-handed artificial — mainly conflict over faith issues. Along the way, we inserted a little more humor.
We think the result is better than before. Not hugely better, but enough better that we feel good about every single scene now.
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