David Ebenbach’s HOW TO MARS is Andy Weir’s THE MARTIAN infused with poetry in a superbly concise package

Though not coming out until May, David Ebenbach’s HOW TO MARS is already spawning excitement. HOW TO MARS is currently available for pre-order through all finer booksellers or direct from Tachyon.

For BOOKLIST, Don Vicha praises the novel.

HOW TO MARS is Andy Weir’s The Martian (2014) infused with poetry in a superbly concise package.

Jeff Sexton, at BOOKANON in a five star review, recommends the book.

Zany Space Story. The best way to describe this book, really, is that if you like Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy – a perennial favorite among the geek set for decades now that has in many cases transcended into pop culture – … you’re probably going to like this one too. There are quite a bit of similarities, given the hilarious and offbeat humor and even the “guidebook” element of the story. (Though unlike the Adams epic, this one actually includes at least parts of the guide in the story.)


If you’re looking for a more serious/ Hard Science Fiction ala Andy Weir’s take on The Martian… this isn’t that. So strap in and get ready to blast off on one wild ride. Very much recommended.

BOOK INVASION includes the work among 2021 Anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy releases.

FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE includes HOW TO MARS among Upcoming Sci-Fi Novels That Could Hits In 2021.

Sci-fi doesn’t need to be serious, now does it? It can also have a little bit of humour and poke fun at people. That’s what David Ebenbach’s debut HOW TO MARS promises. Described as the perfect merger of Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it already sounds like something you should be pre-ordering and adding to your reading lists way in advance.

For THE RAY BRADBURY EXPERIENCE MUSEUM, Dominic Loise talks with the author.

SWEET LIT interviews their past contributor Ebenbach.

What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

I’m excited to say that I’ve had four books published since those publications, including two collections of poetry—We Were the People Who Moved (2015) and Some Unimaginable Animal (2019)—but I think the biggest accomplishment is just coming back to the page again and again. Books are great—it’s an unbelievable privilege to get to share my work with other folks—but the foundation is the writing. So I think that’s the most important accomplishment any writer can point to. #amwriting

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m finishing edits on a novel due out in 2021 (Tachyon Publications). It’s called HOW TO MARS and it’s a sci-fi novel about an ill-advised one-way mission to Mars; the small group of Marsonauts, who went in order to escape life, unexpectedly have to get ready for the first pregnancy on another planet.

On the Tachyon Publications Channel, David Ebenbach reads from HOW TO MARS.