Quote Originally Posted by SFFWriting View Post
Am I thinking of the wrong book? Is there another early 2000's "private citizen fights against the bureaucracy to get his own mission to Mars before the Chinese do" book?
That's his book all right, but if you visit Mr. Varley's web site you will rather quickly notice that his worldview could never be described as right-wing

I don't really care about the author's politics. I enjoy reading Varley as much as Card, Scalzi as much as Goodkind.