Harry Burton - HB to his friends.
Ex-author: old, knackered and psychologically fragile.
As a candidate for First Man on Mars, HB isn't just the wrong stuff; he's the wrong stuff that got lost in the post.
But they've sent for him anyway.
Others too. Others who are nearly as unqualified as HB himself.
And while HB would rather sit in a coffee shop and pretend to write...