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Re: The Man In The Moon

From: Carol Maltby <carolmaltby.nul>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:04:26 -0400
Archived: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:12:29 -0400
Subject: Re: The Man In The Moon

UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> posted:

>Source: NYTimes.Com


>The Man In The Moon
>By Lydia Netzer - Op-Ed


>Watching the first images from the rover, Curiosity, which
>landed on Mars early this month, I was reminded of a short story
>by Ray Bradbury called Mars Is Heaven! In it, Mars is populated
>by aliens who fool visiting Earthlings into thinking they're in
>a familiar environment before murdering them. It's about how
>stupid nostalgia is, how it tricks us into wanting things that
>were never that great in the first place. What strikes me about
>the story is that, just over 60 years ago, someone could
>seriously write about aliens on Mars.

>Can you imagine what it was like then?

Sixty years ago? Pretty recent. HG Wells wrote about the
Martians invading Earth in 1895-97, 117 years ago.

In the Wikipedia entry on The War of the Worlds, it says of
other Mars novels of the time:

"The first science fiction to be set on Mars may be Across the
Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record (1880) by Percy Greg. It
was a long-winded book concerned with a civil war on Mars.
Another Mars novel, this time dealing with benevolent Martians
coming to Earth to give humankind the benefit of their advanced
knowledge, was published in 1897 by Kurd Lasswitz =97 Two Planets
(Auf Zwei Planeten). It was not translated until 1971, and thus
may not have influenced Wells, although it did depict a Mars
influenced by the ideas of Percival Lowell.[49] Other examples
are Mr. Stranger's Sealed Packet (1889), which took place on
Mars, Gustavus W. Popes's Journey to Mars (1894), and Ellsworth
Douglas's Pharaoh's Broker, in which the protagonist encounters
an Egyptian civilisation on Mars which, while parallel to that
of the Earth has evolved somehow independently"


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