Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science

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Howard V. Hendrix,, George Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin
McFarland, Feb 21, 2011 - 222 pages
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Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understanding of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars in early Bolshevik literature, Wells, Brackett, Burroughs, Bradbury, Heinlein, Dick and Robinson, among others. The third section looks at Mars as a cultural mirror in science fiction. Essayists include prominent writers (e.g., Kim Stanley Robinson), scientists and literary critics from many nations.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
9
One Approaching Mars
15
Two The Uses of Mars
49
Three Science and Fictional Mars
163
Appendix 1
185
Appendix 2
190
About the Contributors
207
Index
211
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Howard V. Hendrix teaches English at California State University in Fresno. 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. 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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