Title: The Martian Way
Author: Isaac Asimov
Page Count: 192
This book contains four different Isaac Asimov short stories, and as with any short story collection, some of them are better than others. The good news is that it starts off well with the titular story in which a Martian colony comes to realise that the water that they rely on from the Earth might not be as secure as they thought. In fact, they have to find an alternative source of water, and it even had a couple references to what Asimov called “the hot house effect”. He was including climate change in his stories as far back as 1955.
The next one was called Youth, and that was followed by The Deep. These two were just okay, and they weren’t particularly memorable. It’s not that there was anything wrong with them, it’s just hard to beat Asimov at his best. But he had a return to form in Sucker Bait, which included an organisation called the Mnemonic Service where people are basically employed just to know things. Cool stuff!