For British pilot Dale Currance, the Keuntz Prize - to be awarded to the first person to take a spaceship to ather planet and back - is the ultimate challenge. Not only has he to build a ship to survive the journey, assemble a top-tch crew and choose a destination, he's also got to beat the Russians and Americans. Soon the Gloria Mundi blasts off from Salisbury Plain, bound for Mars. There's only one problem - a stowaway called Joan. Not only does her presence wreck calculations and threaten the mission, but her tale suggests that Mars may be a more dangerous destination than they ever expected.
John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories in 1925. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. As John Wyndham he wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos(filmed as Village of the Damned), The Seeds of Time,Trouble with Lichen, The Outward Urge, Consider Her Ways and Others, Web and Chocky. John Wyndham died in March 1969.