Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

by Gordon Van Gelder
     
 

In the minds of readers and writers of science fiction and fantasy since H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, Mars has been the hottest of topics. The fourth planet from the sun is the confirmed obsession of millions of Earthlings, and it is not a fixation that will go away. Perhaps noting the tens of millions of hits on the NASA websites during the recent exploration

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In the minds of readers and writers of science fiction and fantasy since H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds, Mars has been the hottest of topics. The fourth planet from the sun is the confirmed obsession of millions of Earthlings, and it is not a fixation that will go away. Perhaps noting the tens of millions of hits on the NASA websites during the recent exploration of Mars, President Bush has declared a manned visit to the red planet the next great goal of the space program. The widespread passionate preoccupation with Mars, combined with the masterful storytelling of the legendary writers in this volume, will seize the imaginations of readers of any generation From the soul-searching poetry of Ray Bradbury's prose to the weirdly paranoid and baroque visions of Philip K. Dick, World Fantasy Award-winning editor Gordon Van Gelder offers some of the greatest science fiction writing on the red planet in Fourth Planet from the Sun..

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From Edgar Rice Burroughs to Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction authors have been speculating about Mars for decades. Fourth Planet from the Sun is a collection of some of the very best stories about the Red Planet, featuring classics from some of the masters of the genre -- including Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, and John Varley.

Bradbury's "The Wilderness," published in 1952, is a story about the colonization of Mars from a decidedly unscientific perspective, as two women spend their last night on Earth before taking a rocket to Mars to meet their future husbands and start new lives. "Crime on Mars" by Clarke is an irony-laden mystery that looks at crime and punishment Martian-style. Dick's classic "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" follows Douglas Quail as his obsession with Mars leads him to Rekal, Inc., a company specializing in implanted memories -- with disastrous results. Jerry Oltion's "The Great Martian Pyramid Hoax" looks at the Face on Mars with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

With Mars back in the news again -- thanks in large part to the breathtaking images from the 2004 Rover expeditions -- this collection is as timely as it is enthralling. From Bradbury's post-WWII classic to Alex Irvine's 2003 release "Pictures from an Expedition," it's fascinating to read how authors' conceptions of Mars have changed so dramatically over time. As with other anthologies Van Gelder has put together in recent years (One Lamp, In Lands That Never Were, et al.), this collection is absolutely extraordinary. Paul Goat Allen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256663
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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