Red Planet

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

With NASA’s announcement of the confirmation of water on Mars, I’m posting a nod to some fiction inspired by our celestial brother.

Mars has long captured the imagination of storytellers since the discovery of the “canals” provoked the idea of ancient civilization on the red planet.

  • War of the Worlds, HG Wells (1897)

Equally compelling are the stories about the colonization of the planet.

  • Red Planet, Robert Heinlein (1949)
  • The Sands of Mars, Arthur C Clarke (1951)

Colonization breeds imperialism, a theme that was especially prevalent in works from the 1950s, a hot topic on this planet.

  • The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (1950)
  • The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut (1959)

Most recently, I enjoyed The Martian (2011) written by Andy Weir, which Ridley Scott has adapted for the big screen. The verisimilitude of surviving on the surface of Mars is remarkable. Sticking to the science of human space travel, once again the story reflects the times in which it was written.  Today a journey to Mars could happen in the next 15 years.

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7 comments
  1. Betty Garber said:

    Thanks for the info. Love the picture.

  2. Having just seen the movie, “The Martian” yesterday, I really appreciate your blog entry. (Thank you for reading mine.)

    Linda Smith

    • busyk said:

      Thanks so much! I highly recommend the book if you haven’t read it.

  3. cb said:

    Excellent (audio) book. Fantastic movie in 3D!!!!!!!!!!!

    • busyk said:

      I was hooked from the first sentence.

  4. cb said:

    Also Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars trilogy.

    • busyk said:

      Thanks for the recommendations!

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