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Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett P. Serviss
Apogee Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0973820306
Date: 2005 List Price $9.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

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A full review from Ed Carmien is forthcoming on this interesting title, but I've read much of it in passing and wanted to mention that it's an impressively precinct piece of SF. The science in it is, while fantastic in places, quite solid in general...certainly much better than most SF Movies, and quite likely (as claimed by the publisher) the first time any number of devices, including space suits, EVA maneuvering units, lunar (both Terran and Martian) staging, and even some good observations on light and shadow in space. The story is more Smith than Verne, and a comparison between the two books (War of the Worlds and Edison's Conquest of Mars) shows the conflict between literary and hard sf as having gone back to its roots. While one needs to keep its context in mind, as with all fiction read out of its time, I'd recommend it for both students and fans of the genre. - Ernest Lilley

From the publisher: In 1897 H.G. Wells created one of the greatest science fiction masterpieces ever written-The War Of The Worlds. The story was serialized in newspapers across America and proved to be so popular that the Hearst newspaper group commissioned a sequel, to be written by their own science editor - Garrett Putnam Serviss. This sequel appeared in February of 1898 and quickly entered into the annals of science fiction history. It is one of the rarest and possibly one of the most important stories ever to appear in the genre. Serviss procured the cooperation of the famous inventor Thomas Edison and wove a totally distinct and astonishing tale of humans invading Mars. Whereas Wells had composed a story of human suffering, Serviss invented the space techno-thriller. This book contains the first space battle to ever appear in print. It is the first alien abduction story. The birthplace of the hand-held phaser-gun. It has asteroid mining and the first truly functional spacesuits. It is a cornucopia of technical ingenuity. The hero of the story is Edison himself. This is the first time this story has appeared, complete and unabridged with the original illustrations since the winter of 1898. First appearance ever outside the USA. The book that inspired Robert Goddard! Comes with a 13-page essay by editor Robert Godwin and original cover art by Tom Miller. Official Page: ECOM

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