Martian Confederacy Out This Week
It’s set on Mars in the year 3535, but this isn’t a shiny happy future. It’s Mars as trailer park. Think of the grimy bar that shows up in Star Wars or Serenity, and then envision a planet like that, where even the air is controlled by a corporation.
Boone’s a scrappy guy getting by on his wits (patterned after your typical charming rogue type, although a bit more generic and not very charming), while Lou is his android friend and Spinner is his fence and a bear. Alcarde is the bad guy preventing rebels from bringing oxygen to Mars in order to maintain profits. It’s a shame the motives are so predictable and the action familiar (if you’ve seen science fiction before), combined with the violence of a thriller. Personally, I would have preferred more comedy, less gore, but I’m squeamish.