Saturday, June 6, 2009

Kim Stanley Robinson recommends some Mars fiction

At IEEE Spectrum: "My 10 Favorite Mars Novels". [via SF Signal & Marooned]

It's actually 11 books - 8 novels, 2 short story collections, & 1 poetry book.

I've read only 2 from the lot:

  1. Arthur Clarke's "The Sands of Mars": First human cities on Mars, including an adventure involving a surface journey from one city to another, getting lost & rescued on the way, & picking up a native animal pet.
  2. Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles": I've read only part of it. A retelling of European colonization of Americas in a fantasy setting - read Europeans for humans & Martians for native Americans. In at least one story, "And the Moon be Still as Bright", author makes this connection explicit.

    Later stories apparently deal with nuclear dystopia, but I haven't read most of them.
Related: Fiction set on Mars or its moons; "best of" lists.


John D. said...

nks for the linkage, Tinkoo!