Friday, May 28, 2010

Harry Gore Bishop's "On The Martian Way" (short story, interplanetary commerce, free)

Mostly of historical interest. An early twentieth century story where interplanetary travel is common, Martians are friendly, & spaceships move by antigravity.

We see two events involving passenger ships on the Earth-to-Mars run:

  1. First recreates a space version of the Titanic disaster: first passenger liner crashing into a comet on the way. Only, this story is from before the actual Titanic disaster!
  2. Second involves suicidal self-sacrifice by an individual to save the ship from falling into sun.

Fact sheet.

First published: The Broadway Magazine, November 1907.
Download full text from Marcus Rowland & Forgotten Futures. [via Marcus L Rowland @ rasfw]
Rating: B.