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to start this community off, a bibliography of fiction set on Mars, taken from http://www.steampunk.com/sfch/bibliographies/mars.html



Mars Bibliography

Allaby, Michael
The Greening of Mars / Michael Allaby and James Lovelock - New York: St Martin's Press, 1984. The settlement of Mars as described by a second generation Martian. Science fact thinly disguised as science fiction.

Anderson, Kevin J.
Climbing Olympus - New York: Warner Books, 1994. A small band of surgically adapted humans hide on Mars, resenting the terraforming process which is taking the planet away from them. The author acknowledges his debt to Frederik Pohl's Man Plus.

Arnold, Edwin Lester
Lieut. Gulliver Jones: His Vacation - London: Brown, Langham & Co., 1905. An American naval lieutenant is whisked off to Mars via a flying carpet. There he has adventures and rescues a princess. Not a very realistic novel, but lyrically written and with a sense of humour. Said to have influenced Burroughs' A Princess of Mars.

Asimov, Isaac
David Starr, Space Ranger - New York: Doubleday, 1952. All editions since 1971 contain introduction by Asimov. David Starr goes undercover and investigates a mystery on Mars. The first of Asimov's juvenile "Lucky Starr" novels.

Bear, Greg
Moving Mars - New York: Tor, 1993. When Martian scientists make a discovery which could be used as a superweapon, tensions between Earth and Mars escalate. Told from the point of view of a young Martian politician. One of the best Mars novels appearing in an era of very good Mars novels.

Bisson, Terry
Voyage to the Red Planet - New York: William Morrow & Co., 1990. In a fully privatised future, a movie studio decides to make a movie on Mars. A wildly funny satire.

Blish, James
Welcome to Mars - London: Faber & Faber, 1967. Two teenagers build an anti-gravity device and fly to Mars. A juvenile novel: not one of Blish's best.

Bova, Ben
Mars - New York: Bantam Books, 1992. An expedition to Mars is complicated by political wrangling, personality problems among the crew, and a mysterious illness. Good hard science fiction.

Brackett, Leigh
The Nemesis From Terra - New York: Ace, 1964. First published as "Shadow Over Mars" in Planet Stories in 1944. A vengeful outcast destroys the Terran empire on Mars. An action packed space opera.

Brackett, Leigh
The Sword Of Rhiannon - New York: Ace, 1953. First published as "The Sea Kings of Mars" in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1949. Matt Carse, a Terran adventurer, finds himself cast back through time to an ancient and magical Mars when he acquires a sorcerers sword.

Brackett, Leigh
The Secret of Sinharat - New York: Ace, 1964 First published as "Queen of the Martian Catacombs" in 1949. A half barbarian mercenary must protect some Martian villages from the city of Sinharat. The first of Eric John Stark's adventures.

Brackett, Leigh
People of the Talisman - New York: Ace, 1964. First Published as "Black Amazon of Mars " in Planet Stories 1950 Eric John Stark acquires a strange and significant talisman from a dying friend.

Brackett, Leigh
The Coming of the Terrans - New York: Ace, 1967. Stories about the Terran empire on Mars. Old fashioned adventures about the encounters between an ancient Martian civilisation and its crass conquerors. Includes: "Mars Minus Bisha" First published in Planet Stories in 1948; "The Beast Jewel of Mars" First published in Planet Stories 1954; "The Last Days of Shandakor" First published in Startling Stories 1952; "The Road to Sinharat" First published in Amazing Stories 1963; "Purple Princess of the Mad Moon" First published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1964.

Bradbury, Ray
The Martian Chronicles - New York: Doubleday, 1950. British edition published in 1951 under the title of The Silver Locusts. Contents differ slightly in this and some subsequent editions. A history of Earth's contact with and colonisation of Mars as told in a series of short stories. Bradbury depicts Mars as being a cross between Fairyland and an idealised mid-west: Earthmen conquer and despoil this world, but fail to prevail in the end because of their lack of sensitivity. Scientifically, Bradbury's Mars was becoming out-of-date even as he was writing these stories: the poetry, however, remains. Includes: "Ylla" first published as "I'll not look for wine" in Mcleans, January 1, 1950 -- "The Earth Men" first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories August 1948 -- "The Third Expedition" first published as "Mars is Heaven!" in Planet Stories, Fall 1948 - "- And the Moon be Still as Bright" first published in Thrilling Wonder, June 1948 - "Usher II" first published as "Carnival of Madness" in Thrilling Wonder Stories in April 1950 - "The Off Season" first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, December 1948 - "The Silent Towns" first published Charm, March 1949 - "The Long Years" first published in Mcleans, September 15, 1948 - "There Will Come Soft Rains" first published in CollierRs, May 6, 1950 - "Million Year Picnic" first published in Planet Stories, Summer 1946. Other stories and bridging episodes written for and first published in The Martian Chronicles.

Brunner, John
Born Under Mars - New York: Ace, 1967. A Martian pilot becomes emeshed in the plots of two galactic empires. A space opera uncharacteristic of the author, but still entertaining.

Budrys, Algis
The Amsirs and the Iron Thorn - New York: Gold Medal Books, 1967. Published in 1968 under the title The Iron Thorn. A shorter version first appeared in If magazine in 1960. A member of a now barbaric race living on covers that his ancestors were part of a genetic experiment and that the ships they travelled in are still viable.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
A Princess of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1917. First published in serial form as "Under the Moons of Mars" in All-Story in 1912. John Carter is transported to Mars, is captured by a tribe of Thark warriors and rescues the princess Dejah Thoris. More fantasy than science fiction, this book is filled with strange creatures and colourful scenery. An old-fashioned tale of derring-do which reads somewhat stiltedly today.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Gods of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1919. First published in All-Story Magazine January through May 1913. John Carter must rescue his princess once again, this time from the false gods of a sinister religion. More swordplay on Mars: ends on a cliffhanger.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Warlord of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1919. First appeared in All-Story from December 1913 to March 1914. Sequel to The Gods of Mars and third in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series. John Carter rescues Dejah Thoris yet again.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Thuvia, Maid of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1920. First appeared in All-Story Weekly from April 8 to 22 1916. John Carter's son Cathoris must rescue the eponymous heroine. Fourth in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Chessmen of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1922. First appeared in Argosy All-Story Weekly from February 18 to April 1 1922. Tara, daughter of John Carter, finds herself prisoner of the Mantorians and queen in a live game of Jetan (Martian Chess). Her only hope of rescue is Gahan, Jeddak of Gathol, who has followed her disguised as a humble soldier, Turan. Fifth in Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Master Mind of Mars - Chicago: McClurg, 1928. First appeared in Amazing Stories Annual, July 15 1927. Ulysses S. Paxton, an American infantry officer, finds himself whisked from the battlefields of the War to the laboratories of Ras Thavas, the Master Mind of Mars. There he meets and vows to rescue Valla Dia, a beautiful woman whose body has been sold to the disfigured Xaxa, Jeddara of Phudahl. John Carter makes a token appearance at the end of this book. Sixth novel in Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
A Fighting Man of Mars - Metropolitan, 1931. First appeared in The Blue Book Magazine April to September 1930. When the girl he is courting is abducted, Tan Hadron ghe rescue. Same story, different hero. Seventh book in BurroughsR Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Swords of Mars - E. R. Burroughs, 1936. First appeared in The Blue Book Magazine November 1934 to April 1935. Dejah Thoris is kidnapped by Zodangans and taken to Thuria, the nearer moon of Mars. Eighth book in Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Synthetic Men of Mars - E. R. Burroughs, 1940. First appeared in Argosy Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, 1939. Ras Thavas, the Master Mind, creates the monsters of the title. Ninth book in Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Llana of Gathol - E. R. Burroughs, 1948. First appeared as " The City of the Mummies" Amazing Stories, March 1941; "Black Pirates of Barsoom" Amazing Stories, June 1941; "Yellow Men of Mars" Amazing Stories, August, 1941; "Invisible Men of Mars" Amazing Stories, October, 1941. Involves the kidnapping and rescue of the eponymous heroine, John Carter's granddaughter. Tenth book in Burroughs' Mars series.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
John Carter of Mars - New York: Canaveral Press, 1964. First edition has cover title: John Carter and the Giant of Mars. Consists of "John Carter and the Giant of Mars" first published in January 1941 and "Skeleton Men of Jupiter" first published in February 1943.

Butler, Jack
Nightshade - New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989. Can best be summarised as "Cyberpunk Vampire Leads Revolution on Mars!" Has many good ideas, but it doesn't go anywhere.

Carter, Lin
The Man Who Loved Mars - London: White Lion, 1973. Ivo Tengren, embittered rebel against the Terran empire, accompanies an eccentric professor and his beautiful granddaughter on a quest for a lost Martian city. Inferior Leigh Brackett pastiche.

Chandler, A. Bertram
The Bitter Pill - Melbourne: Wren, 1974. In the 21st century, Mars has become a penal colony, run by the U.S. on behalf of the Australian government. The prisoners rebel, and call their new world "Botany Bay

Clarke, Arthur C.
The Sands of Mars - London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1951. A writer travels to Mars and becomes involved with the latest scientific discoveries and the planet's political difficulties. An early novel by Clarke, which has somewhat wooden characters, but interesting ideas. Watch out for the Martian kangaroos!

Cole, Charles
Visitors from Mars: A Narrative - Portland, Or.: C. Cole, 1901. An elderly inventor travels as a guest to Mars, and there encounters an advanced, ratopia. A piece of social commentary disguised as science fiction.

Compton, D. G.
Farewell Earth's Bliss - London: Hodder and Stroughton, 1966. Convicts are transported to Mars and there find a strange and oppressive society. A depressing novel, very much of its time in it preoccupations with sex and repression.

Cowan, James
Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World - New York: G. H. Richmond & Co., 1896 The moon breaks free of the earth and bears two explorers away to Mars. This novel has a Christian message.

Cromie, Robert
A Plunge into Space - London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1891. An inventor invents an anti-gravity device , uses it to build a spaceship and with a representative group of friends travels to Mars. A rather wooden piece of prose which, in spite of a love story, reads somewhat like a travel guide. Of historical interest only.

Deitz, William C.
Mars Prime - New York: ROC, 1992. A journalist investigates a series of brutal murders during the voyage of the firs ship to Mars. Later, on Mars, a colonist discovers an abandoned alien spaceship, and uses it to found a religious cult. The two halves of Mars Prime never quite join into a seamless whole and the novel reads like two short stories glued together.

Del Rey, Lester
Police Your Planet / as by Eric Van Lihn - New York: Avalon Books, 1956. Shorter version serialised in Science Fiction Adventures in 1953. A cynical cop, exiled to Mars, tries to take advantage of the corruption but cann live down to his expectations. Hard boiled action adventure.

Dick, Phillip K.
Martian Time Slip - New York: Ballentine, 1964. An autistic boy foresees the future on Mars. Meanwhile the adults on the planet conspire around him. Typically of Dick the underlying themes of this book are more important than the ostensible plot.

Dick, Phillip K.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965. Conscripted colonists on Mars console themselves with drugs and games. A very Dickian book with its preoccupations with God and the nature of reality.

Dickson, Gordon R.
The Far Call. - New York: Dial Press, 1973. An expedition to Mars is crippled by political grandstanding and a solar flare. As the astronauts in space fight for their lives a political appointee on Earth fights for the integrity of the mission.

Douglas, Ellsworth
Pharaoh's Broker: Being the Very Remarkable Experiences in Another World of Isidor Werner Written by Himself - London: C.Pearson, 1899. Republished Boston: Gregg Press, 1976. A financial speculator travels to Mars and finds it almost identical to Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs. He uses his foreknowledge to speculate and almost takes control of the planet. Unusual in that Mars is depicted as being less advanced than Earth.

Farmer, Philip JOSE
Jesus on Mars - Los Angeles: Pinacle Books, 1979. An expedition to Mars discovers an orthodox Jewish community ruled by an alien calling himself "Jesus".

Flammarion, Camille
Uranie - New York: Cassell, 1890. Translated from the French by Mary Serrano. Also published by : Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1890; London: Chatto and Windus, 1891 as Urania. A man awakes on Mars and meets the reincarnation of himself.

Fontenay, Charles
Rebels of the Red Planet - New York: Ace, 1961. A female agent from Earth falls in love with the mysterious rebel Dark Kensington. A downright silly book whose only virtue is its brevity.

Forward, Robert L.
Martian Rainbow - New York: Del Rey, 1991. Twin brothers, one good, one evil, struggle for control of Mars. The science is good but the plot is cliched and the characterisation wooden. For dedicated fans of this author only.

Gallum, Raymond Z.
Skyclimber - Tower Books, 1981. A Mars colony is founded almost by accident, and a nuclear war on Earth causes the home planet to abandon the Martian settlers. Skyclimber is somewhat old fashioned in its characterisation and an obligatory sex scene doesn't help.

Gantz, Kenneth F.
Not in Solitude - New York: Doubleday, 1959. An Air Force expedition to Mars encounters strange signals and hostile attacks even though the only life appears to be a type of lichen. A complex, depressing novel, written by an officer of the USAF.

Genone, Hudor
Bellona's Bridegroom: a Romance - Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1887. A man travels to Mars where he discovers an ideal society where everyone speaks English and people age backwards.

Gordon, Rex
No Man Friday - London: Heinnemann, 1956. An astronaut is shipwrecked on Mars, and must find ways of surviving there. A very British novel, which seems slightly quaint today.

Gratacap, Louis Pope
The Certainty of a Future Life in Mars: Being the Posthumous Papers of Bradford Torrey Dodd - New York: Bretano's, 1903; New York: Irving Press, 1903. A man is reincarnated on Mars and sends messages back to his son. Mars is depicted as being Schiaperellian, with deserts and canals.

Greg, Percy
Across the Zodiac - London: Trubner & Co., 1880. An Earthman travels to Mars and discovers an advanced utopian society. While it was original in its time it seems somewhat slow and ponderous today. Chiefly of historical interest.

Heinlein, Robert A.
Podkayne of Mars - New York: Putnam, 1963. A teenage girl travels from Mars to Venus, and gets involved in political intrigue along the way. Has some interesting details about life in the Martian colonies.

Heinlein, Robert A.
Red Planet - New York: Scribners' Sons,1949. Two boys discover a plot against the Martian colonies, and must travel across the planet to warn the colonists. Good, action-packed juvenile fiction, with many ideas which were later elaborated in Heinlein's adult novels. The best part of this story, however, is the boys' strange Martian pet!



Has anyone read any of those? Any recommendations? Omissions?
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myself3000
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Robert A. Heinlein's STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND is the best book about Mars, (apart from THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH by Philip K. Dick). It is about a twenty something year old who was born and raised on Mars because the ship his human parents where on crashed. It compares human with Martian lifestyles and is an amazing read. P.S. lot's of polyamory and religion, too.
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Hello,
Yes, I can confirm that the Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter Of Mars Series is well worth checking out. I think I've read them all at least five times.
If you can let your imagination take off, you'll have a great time with those.
It's a lot like, Arabian Nights in outer space.
They do not have to be read in order but, they are more enjoyable if you read them in order. Especially the first four.

:)
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