About the Contributors. In addition to his editing and critical work, Hendrix is the author of six science fiction novels. George Slusser is a professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside.
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The longtime curator of the famed Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, he also earned the Pilgrim Award for his numerous scholarly books. Award winning author Eric S. Rabkin is an associate provost for online education and a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stony Brook University in New York.
He is the author of numerous books and publications.
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Appendix 2. For some, Mars still represents a reconstituted frontier for a world in which all the frontiers have now vanished. For others, Mars is a laboratory and a playground of the mind, where speculation about alternative realities and alternative futures is sanctioned, and where imagination is granted a license to explore ways in which we may save our own endangered planet. Braine, all of whom wrote novels prominently featuring Mars in the years between the oppositions of and , those novels are mere warm-up acts for works by Camille Flammarion and by the irrepressible Lowell.
Crossley presents Lowell as a P. A member of a famous and wealthy family, Lowell was an amateur astronomer with no formal training in astronomical research but with the wherewithal in to finance and build outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, an observatory with a twelve-inch telescope and several flimsy connections to the Harvard Observatory. Lowell used his observations and emerging theories to quickly publish Mars , followed by the more influential Mars and its Canals and Mars as the Abode of Life And Crossley calls attention to the fact that the lesson constructed by Wells was apparently lost on an America that was projecting its colonial desires onto Cuba and the Philippines.
Crossley next takes his readers on a brief detour through appropriations of Mars by spiritualists and mediums and by purveyors of masculinist fantasies aimed at young boys. These are books for which we look to Crossley for characterization and contextualization, and he does not disappoint. And two of the writers obviously influenced by Wells were Olaf Stapledon and C.
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Briefly mentioning Stanley G. Arthur C. Each of these missions added immeasurably to our scientific knowledge of Mars, and with each new set of information, all of it fascinating in its own right but deathly in implication for romantic notions of life on Mars, it became more difficult for sf writers to decide how to construct Mars in their fictions.
Different writers adopted different strategies. Newton, the fairly transparent cover story that he came from a very Mars-like planet named Anthea.
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In Chapter Twelve, Crossley inventories the quite different paths taken by responses to this new challenge, some privileging Mars as a site for multiculturalism and sociological interrogation over against geological concerns. Crossley identifies Robert Zubrin as the leading public advocate for Mars Exploration, publishing his nonfictional The Case for Mars in , founding the Mars Society in , and adding his own fictional account of an expedition to Mars, First Landing , in Anderson may have taken the concept of aeroforming to new narrative heights in his Climbing Olympus , but Crossley makes it clear that it took a Kim Stanley Robinson to refine the dialectical opposition between terraforming Mars to make it habitable to humans and aeroforming humans to alter them for survival on the inhospitable planet.
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This is a great book, an important book. It is cheering to see a new collaboration between George Slusser and Eric Rabkin, co-organizers of many celebrated Eaton Conferences in the past and co-editors of a number of noteworthy conference proceedings volumes published first by Southern Illinois University Press and then by the University of Georgia Press.
This time they are joined by the very capable Howard V. Hendrix, who brings both scientific and fiction-writing savvy to the enterprise. Mars serves particularly well as an inspiration for vision in all of these senses, just as it blurs the distinctions among them. Visions of Mars gives us a number of rewarding glimpses of the ways in which Mars has been used throughout history as a site of dreams, of mirrors, and of headaches.