Seagulls and Mars

Vince W

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I read this book in the late 80's or early 90's.

The main protagonist is a wealthy artist or art collector who supposedly kills someone with a piece of tactile art. His punishment is to be exiled to the new Mars colony.

As the story progresses he makes greater and greater contributions to the running of the colony until it eventually becomes self-sufficient/independent. Back on Earth he's hailed as a hero of sorts and the seagull has become his symbol.

It turns out that the Earth government set him up just to get him to Mars to do exactly what he did for the colony.

I seem to recall this was published under a group of books called Asimov presents or possibly Del Rey presents or something of that nature.

Does it ring any bells for anyone.

Thanks.
 
Happily I stumbled upon the book I was looking for in a second hand bookshop today.

Red Genesis by S. C. Sykes. Published by Signet Spectra books with a Foreword by Isaac Asimov. It was the first book in their New Wave series.
 

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