In the title story, a group of Martian explorers are trapped on the red planet when the plastic tents they're living in are deflated by plasticophage alien bugs. It's good, foresquare, old fashioned golden-age-y fun, as the group struggles to survive until the rescue mission is launched from Earth, and gradually mutates into the first true Martian settlers. One of the characters may be black, I'm not sure. I may have been misreading Varley's cues. What do you think?
At this distance he would have been unable to tell who she was if it weren't for the black face.Hmm. Not sure.
Mary Lang, the black woman, was sitting on the edge of Lou Prager's cotSo difficult to tell, when a text is as colourblind as this one.
The floor heaved up in the center, throwing the black woman to her knees.Hmm. Maybe all the characters are black? Hard to say.