by H. Beam Piper
Oh The Golden Age of Science Fiction!
Oh - the first humans on Mars will be... archaeologists! working with the military but genuinely respecting each other! and the archaeologists' needs actually come first! oh! such a wonderful Golden Age!
Oh - a novella all about language and discovery! writing that is clean and straightforward! no battles no twist endings no nefarious villains no nonsense! not that I have anything against nonsense!
Oh! Gender Equality in the future! no Golden Age chauvinism! none of that nonsense!
Oh they really smoke a lot in the future!
Oh, in case you are wondering, I Liked It! I may not reread this one but it is lovely and perfect! a classic!
Oh! you can read it for free! thank you, awesome Project Gutenberg!