Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science
Edited by Howard V. Hendrix, George Slusser and Eric S. Rabkin
Cover Artist: Front Cover: Mars as seen from the Viking 1 Orbiter on 07/11/1976 (NASA);
inset: Cover art by Frank Schoonover from 1917 edition of A Princess of Mars;
Back cover Plate 1 from the 1895 edition of Mars by Percival Lowell.
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
McFarland & Company Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780786459148
Date: 31 July 2011 List Price $49.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Visions of Mars is a collection of non-fiction works about an object that has fascinated people on Earth as long as people have been on Earth. The object is the planet Mars. The collection includes information on scientific discoveries about Mars, discussion about how writers used Mars in their works, and how Mars fits into science fiction. From official release/information:
From back of book: Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understnading of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts, and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.-H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars in early Bolshevik literature, Wells, Brackett, Burroughs, Bradbury, Heinlein, Dick, and Robinson, among others. The third section looks at Mars as a cultural mirror in science fiction. Essayists include prominent writers (e.g., Kim Stanley Robinson), scientists, and literary critics from many nations.
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