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Martians, Go Home

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  942 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Fredric Brown. Martians, Go Home. New York: E. P. Dutton and Inc., 1955.
First edition. Octavo. 189 pages. Publisher's green cloth.
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 12th 1976 by Del Rey (first published September 1954)
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Tim Mayer
This has to be one of the most hilarious science fiction novels ever written. Frederic Brown (1906-72), who had spoofed space opera with What Mad Universe in 1949, returned a few years later to write the perfect alien invasion novel, Martians, Go Home. Brown was in rare form with this book. It was the triumph to his prolific writing streak in the 1950's.
Luke Deveraux is a failed writer specializing in science fiction who's decided to shack it up with a friend in the desert so he can work on anot
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The other John
This book isn't spectacular, but rather a nice amusing little tale that one can devour in a couple of hours. Simply put, the book is about a Martian invasion of Earth. Unlike The War of the Worlds however, the Martians here aren't out to conquer the Earth. Instead they've come to observe and heckle it. To quote the back cover of the Del Rey October 1981 edition, Brown's Martians were "obnoxious green creatures who could be seen and heard, but not harmed, and who probed private sex lives as shame ...more
Aries
Il primo libro che ho letto, penso di averlo scritto anni fa, era di Jules Verne, Viaggio al centro della terra, sostanzialmente fantascienza prima che si chiamasse così.
Se devo però pensare alla prima storia di fantascienza ufficiale che abbia mai letto, sicuramente il nome che mi viene in mente non è zio Isaac come si potrebbe pensare, ma Fredric Brown.
Il suo Sentinella è sempre stato per me il primo e più bel racconto di fantascienza mai scritto. Breve, moderno, intelligente. Un po’ prevedibi
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Nicolas
Ce roman raconte une invasion d’extraterrestres aussi étranges qu’insaisissables, et surtout dénués de scrupules, et désireux de foutre la merde, comme on dit maintenant.
Je ne sais pas si je peux dire que j’ai vraiment aimé. Certes, l’idée est intéressante, la mise en abîme vaut le détour, et l’écriture est intéressante, mais ce n’est pas le roman super-génial auquel je m’attendais. C’est bien, certes mais pour tout dire un peu ennuyeux. Peut-être qu’à l’époque, ce roman était une révélation, m
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Anastasia
Prima parte: gneeeeeh, non fai ridere. E poi questi Marziani sono ciò di più prevedibile - almeno nelle loro caratteristiche - che si potesse pensare, Fredric! Non m'importa che sei uno degli anni '50, te lo conto, ma peccato. Certo, il compito di esasperare il lettore assieme a tutti i poveri terrestri per questi marziani rompicoglioni l'hai raggiunto, ma le gag non sono neanche delle vere e proprie gag, sono apostrofi allegri fra le pagine. Sorrido, ma non rido: anzi, in realtà non sorrido nea ...more
Otis Campbell
Open the door and adjust my eyes
The concrete streets are as gray as the skies
The wind stings my face and the world just melts away
And it brings me back to another place where memories are such a waste
You can never go home, you left that world behind
Doug Dandridge
Much better than the movie.
Sure, there was a movie made of this book. It wasn't very good. Martians
Go Home was a very good book though, with lots of humor. The Martians
invade Earth. Only there are no spaceships, no death rays, no explosions.
The Martians can teleport, turn invisible, and watch everything. And they
are a bunch of sarcastic wisecrackers who make life hell for everyone on
Earth. A really humorous story that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I recommend
to anyone who wants to read somethi
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Rustinjd
I think my friend Richard found this on the street or something. I picked it up because it seemed a better read than the back of the shampoo bottle while on the toilet. Mowed through something like four chapters before finishing my BM, so I decided to go ahead and finish it.

Totally trash, but its always cool to see what people in the 50's thought what the future of sci-fi would be.
Michael
Jan 31, 2014 Michael marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Fredric Brown begegnet mir als Name immer mal wieder. Und obwohl mir sein Erzählungsband FLITTERWOCHEN IN DER HÖLLE nicht besonders zugesagt hat, habe ich bei diesem frühen SF-Roman von ihm zugegriffen, loben doch viele Leser Brown in den höchsten Tönen. Doch ach, auch hier erging es mir nicht besser. Seinen gerühmten Humor finde ich plump und veraltet, überall lauern Klischees; die Martier sind grün, der verkrachte Autor trinkt Whisky um Whisky und ach - das ist alles so gar nicht amüsant. Die ...more
Aramys
Me reafirmo, no esperaba una novela así, con estos derroteros. Todo indicaba que sería un novela de risa fácil y de estilo mas bien pulp, facilona y sencilla; pues no, a resultado ser una buena novela de CiFi, con muchos clichés por supuesto, pero con un pequeño trasfondo tristón sobre una invasión nada normal de unos marcianos nada ¿¨normales¨?
Francisco
Curiosa obra donde los marcianos no son los típicos extraterrestres destructivos y todopoderosos. No, nada que ver. En esta obra los marcianos son unos enanos verdes "tocapelotas". Esto hace que la novela sea muy original, diferente a cualquier otro punto de vista habitual en un encuentro con una raza proveniente de fuera de la Tierra, pero también hace que sea una novela nada seria, incluso algo absurda.

La lectura se hace entretenida y se termina el libro rápido, aunque en todo momento he tenid
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Ole
Quick, amusing, humorous read from Fredric Brown - an original and obviously intelligent writer who wrote in the pulps. Some fun scenes and developments, and an unusual ending that I found very cool :-)
Dragonfruit
This is one from Martians and Madness. Basically, a bunch of martians appear on earth all at once and annoy everyone (a lot). It's interesting but not overly engaging.
Rose
I picked this one up in a secondhand bookshop. I'd never heard of it before; I decided to give it a try because the premise sounded so interesting. It's the 1960s (the book was published in '55), and the Martians have arrived. Much to everyone's surprise, it turns out that Martians really are little green men. And, much to everyone's dismay, the Martians are also loud, obnoxious, rude little busybodies. They haven't come to Earth to make friends -- or even to take over. They're just here to driv ...more
My Inner Shelf
Voici un petit détour sympathique vers la SF comique, de quoi rigoler l'espace de quelques heures.
Un auteur de SF parti s'isoler dans le désert fait face à l'angoissante page blanche, lorsqu'un martien court sur pattes et vert de teint débarque chez lui. Rien de transcendant là-dedans, mais beaucoup d'humour et d'absurde, de dérision. Placé dans le contexte de la Guerre Froide les allusions à cette époque sont nombreuses, l'auteur n'hésite pas à se moquer du secret, d'état ou non, et n'épargne a
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Alanpalmer
Well this story starts off with an interesting premis. what if the martians really are little green men. They arrive on earth in billions not through any space ship but just arrive. Impervious to actions by humans and apparently unale to harm anything on earth they certainly have the ability to annoy the entire population and make them harm each other.

This leads to a whole variety of hillarious situations in which Martians turn up at inconveneient moments causing havock.

unfortuynately the book i
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Alessandro Balestra
Cosa accadrebbe se improvvisamente il pianeta Terra subisse la più assurda e grottesca invasione marziana mai vista prima? Miliardi di ometti verdi, alti meno di un metro, compaiono in ogni angolo del mondo, nei bar, negli alberghi, nelle camere da letto, nelle strade... ovunque. Ma nessun si immaginava che i marziani fossero così chiacchieroni, antipatici e arroganti come questi. La privacy delle persone non esiste più e tutto piomba nel caos più assoluto. Forse Luke Devereaux, scrittore di fan ...more
Ray  Charles
Just re-read it. One of my all time favourites from the books I read in the 1970s.
The story is full of wit and some of the scenes (martians farting in the soup) still have me in stitches even today.
It's a book I grew up with and I'm pleased to see it still will some visibility in the market.
Deserves more accolades.
Veeral
Martians invade the earth. But instead of arriving in overcompensating spaceships, they just "kwimmed" to earth, meaning, just arrived- like that.

But instead of being blood thirsty aliens annihilating humans, they just annoy humans by invading their privacy and making their every secret public.

Well, the plot sounds good and funny, but this was bit of a letdown. Apart from being dated and trashy, there were very few funny moments than what I had expected prior to reading this.

But on a plus side
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Matteo Pellegrini
Per un lettore di fantascienza è abbastanza comune occuparsi di marziani, ma trovarseli in casa è cosa ben diversa! Brutti, invadenti, guardoni, i marziani vi stanno spiando dal buco della serratura, pronti a imporvi la loro dispettosa presenza. Il loro obbiettivo? Esasperarvi fino alla resa totale. Ecco perché ve li troverete in bagno, in camera da letto, nel forno, in auto, al telefono. Non c'è scampo! La più insopportabile invasione del nostro pianeta ha inizio, e le sue conseguenze saranno i ...more
Tom Britz
A tongue in cheek approach to a very strange "invasion" from Mars.
JoAnn
Funny.
Agoaye Leblog
Certaines longueurs... Une fin sympa... Sans plus. J’espérais mieux !
treva
This was a fun and silly read, and not in the way I was expecting. Plus, I always like it when authors complain about their publishers/editors.
Marie
Nov 27, 2014 Marie marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-at-cml
"One day in 1964, approximately 1 billion non-corporeal Martians materialize on earth. Neither deadly invaders nor gentle extraterrestrials, these Martians are spectators who combine the manner of a Bronx cabbie and the maliciousness of a sadistic seventh-grader."

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TrumanCoyote
Good-natured fun--and I loved the Martian saying "Is that the best you can do for firecrackers, Mack?" when they detonate the H-bomb. But the solipsistic finale is bound to disappoint--a variant on "It was all a dream" (and actually as I recall on his What Mad Universe--although there due to the premise the satire was a lot sharper).
Alex
This is the sort of simple comic premise I find endearing: the martians aren't here to attack us, just annoy the crap out of us. The book is written with a fairly corny '50s sense of humor, but there's something about it that makes me think it's the kind of book Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout would have written.
Jay
Low on action but high on humor, at least at the beginning, Martian invasions have never looked like this. You know how you read a book and you wish someone would make it into a series, or even a movie? The material here might fill a half-hour serial. All in all a nice diversion.
Williwaw
This is pure fantasy, and very humorous. An easy, entertaining read. The premise is: "what if Martians really were little green men who suddenly showed up on Earth?" They abruptly show up and begin impishly interfering with humans the whole world over.
Allison
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