Sorting things out in the years after the Second World War led to a great increase in travel, and this can be seen as an influence on much of the science fiction of the 1950's, as well as forming the basis of the 'Road to ..' series of films starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. The Road to Mars
by Eric Idle is a science fiction story inspired by these films. It's the story of two comedians plying their trade around the solar system. Somehow havoc seems to follow them wherever they go. They meet an interesting woman - but is there more to her than there seems?
I have to say that I found the book a bit of a disappointment - billed as a 'post-modem novel', and written by one of the creators of the revolutionary Monty Python, I had expected something a lot more modern than its 1950's genre. There's quite a lot of the robot Carlton's theory of comedy, but it's hard to see why, since a theory of comedy isn't particularly funny. Possibly the humour in the book would work better on screen, but I don't think that it will make it that far. If you like the 1950's style then you might want to give this a try, but if you want modern science fiction then you should look elsewhere.