Preview — Below Mercury by Mark Anson. Mercury — closest planet to the Sun.
In the permanent darkness of Chao Meng-fu crater lie vast fields of ice that that have never seen the Sun, and the ruins of Erebus Mine, abandoned and forgotten after a devastating explosion that claimed the lives of people. After an eight-year legal battle, the relatives of the victims have finally succeeded in forcing the Space Ac Mercury — closest planet to the Sun.
After an eight-year legal battle, the relatives of the victims have finally succeeded in forcing the Space Accidents Board to reopen its investigation. Matt Crawford, a mine engineer who escaped the disaster, joins a team sent back to the mine to discover the true cause of the accident. The team is led by Clare Foster, a pilot in the U. Astronautics Corps, who has taken on the mission in the hope of rebuilding her career after a near-miss incident. But powerful forces are determined that what lies hidden in the mine will never be uncovered, and have taken steps to ensure that the mission team will never return.
Stranded on Mercury, the team are divided by internal conflict, and a growing realisation of what really happened in the mine. Soon Matt and Clare are thrown together in a desperate race for survival against an implacable enemy that will not rest until it has killed them all … The second Kindle edition includes updated background material on Mercury, an excerpt from the newly-released prequel Acid Sky , and a Kindle Exclusive bonus chapter.
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To ask other readers questions about Below Mercury , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 08, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: After nearly 8 years, the government is finally reopening an investigation into an accident at a mine in Mercury that killed over people. A team of six people; a pilot, copilot, two scientists, and two observers head to the planet to begin an investigation. But they get more than they bargained for. I could not believe the pace of this book. It was a science-laden story, but not so heavy that I couldn't understand it.
But it was definitely a fast-paced, hair raising adventure! I could not put it down -- I was at such a great part that I was almost late back from lunch. It's too early to say this is the best book of the year, but it is so far! If you want badass sci-fi, then you want this book. Nov 30, Ruby rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 17, Gary Nelson rated it it was amazing. This was a very good read. Highly detailed and believable hard sci-fi. As others have noted the level of detail in some of the early chapters made them a bit slow but once they were on the mission, it was very well paced.
Once they reached Mercury I found it very difficult to put the book down-very much on the edge of my seat! I am looking forward to reading more books by Mark Anson! Feb 20, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: I found the first 50 pages or so to be somewhat slow.
However, after that I couldn't put this one down. There are editing errors, but it is such a thrilling read that they're easy to overlook. Mar 01, Clayton rated it really liked it. The first half of the book felt REAL slow, more detail then I felt necessary, and cruising for three stars at best. Then the second half happened, and the story really gathered steam. Between the bang-up ending and the real hard science aspect of the writing, this book deserves a read. May 11, Barbara Mason rated it really liked it. In the permanent darkness of an ice-filled crater on the South Pole of Mercury lies Erebus Mine, abandoned after a devastating accident that claimed the lives of people.
Not being an engineer, it was almost too in depth in that area for me. The storyline was good and believable as survivor Matt returns to Mercury to search for the real reason so many died. What he discovers may well cost him and the rest of the search crew their lives. The story flowed well, the editing was great and the char In the permanent darkness of an ice-filled crater on the South Pole of Mercury lies Erebus Mine, abandoned after a devastating accident that claimed the lives of people.
The story flowed well, the editing was great and the characters were easy to identify with. I would have wished for an extended ending as One loves to see the bad guys get their just desserts. All no all, an great read for all ages. Yeah, I love Star-Trek too Apr 17, Chas rated it liked it Shelves: The kindle store seems awash with nonsense these days, so I was a little wary when I read the reviews for this book. I was pleasantly surprised, it's not a bad effort at all.
This author has either done his research very thoroughly or was involved in mining at some point. As an ex mining engineer I enjoyed that aspect of it. However as a story I thought it was a little shallow, there was a great opportunity to examine the relationships between the members of the investigation crew but this wasn' The kindle store seems awash with nonsense these days, so I was a little wary when I read the reviews for this book.
However as a story I thought it was a little shallow, there was a great opportunity to examine the relationships between the members of the investigation crew but this wasn't developed very well at all.
Aug 21, B. Gregory rated it really liked it Shelves: What are we reading?: Below Mercury, by Mark Anson Give me the short version: A suspicious industrial accident on Mercury turns a planetary mine into a massive tomb Despite his stories tending to go silly towards the end it was Michael Crichton who first taught me an appreciation for writers who research the crap out of their subject matter, provide detailed further reading and a glossary, only to then integrate the information so effortlessly that you don't even need the reading aids.
I happened o What are we reading?: I happened on Below Mercury during a random eBook browse, which typically yields ten-odd sample downloads and four subsequently readable books. I find it's a good sign of an enjoyable read, as in the case of Below Mercury, for fellow tram passengers to wonder at your gleaming eyes and flushed cheeks - perhaps edging away from you across the seat in case excitement's contagious. In fact, everything that happened during my day became just one more maddening triviality until I could get back to reading.
And much like a great amusement park ride, on reaching the end I immediately wanted to circle back and try it all again. Feb 13, David rated it really liked it. This book often read more like a military history book than science fiction, but if you look at what defines sci-fi, this is what sci-fi is.
It is based on actual science, and even actual events, and is feasible as possible fact. I agree with some of the other reviewers who said that the first half of the book was heavy on the launching of the spaceplane but I'm enough of a technogeek to get into that kind of thing. The real action begins when the crew reaches Mercury and doesn't really stop. I This book often read more like a military history book than science fiction, but if you look at what defines sci-fi, this is what sci-fi is. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, guess I wanted more revenge but you knew what was going to happen so it's okay.
I couldn't quite bring myself to give this one five stars. Want to know when astronomical twilight ends and true night begins for your part of the world?
Click here and remember to scroll down and click on the astronomical twilight box. At present, Mercury is nearing its greatest eastern evening elongation of 26 degrees east of the sun. So Mercury is now staying out for a maximum amount of time after sunset. Mercury is easily as bright as a 1st-magnitude star right now but may be hard to see in the glare of evening twilight, especially from far northerly latitudes. In other words, catch Mercury while you can. Two other planets are out at nightfall and early evening: The red planet Mars is now rising in the east after Venus sets around mid-evening.
Seek for Mars, which is about the same brightness as Jupiter, beneath the golden planet Saturn. In early July, , find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and then seek for Mercury, the innermost planet, beneath dazzling Venus in your western sky. The pharmacies accepted a refund of only 0.
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During the collection period, consumers could bring in a mercury thermometer and buy an electronic thermometer for a subsidised price of 1 Euro. Between October and January , about , electronic thermometers were sold and about one million mercury thermometers together containing about 1 tonne of mercury were collected. Even before the order was released, 50 hospitals have already banned mercury from their establishments. Among these fifty hospitals, the Philippine Heart Center was the first one to do so. The country was the first one to make a step to ban mercury from its health care system in Southeast Asia.
Shops holding stocks of unsold thermometers had to withdraw them from sale; mercury thermometers purchased before this date could be used without legal implications. The purpose of these restrictions is to protect the environment and public health by decreasing the amount of mercury waste released. In the United States, both the American Academy of Pediatrics  and the United States Environmental Protection Agency  recommend that alternative thermometers be used in the home.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Liquid-in-glass thermometer and Timeline of temperature and pressure measurement technology. Fahrenheit, a Pioneer of Exact Thermometry. Mercury and the Environment: Products that Contain Mercury. US Environmental Protection Agency.
After years of legal wrangling, a mission is sent to make a final determination as to the cause of the accident. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Old fashioned sf Good yarn marred by too much explaining. The volume of mercury changes slightly with temperature; the small change in volume drives the narrow mercury column a relatively long way up the tube. There is an overwhelming massive amo Below Mercury is a story about a return to an abandoned mine on Mercury to investigate a devastating accident, primarily following characters Matt Crawford and Clare Foster. Published 6 months ago.
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