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The Book Of Mars

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Contents include: Forword by the Editors / Intro by Isaac Asimov / Report on Canali by Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli / Mars As the Abod of Life by Percival Lowell / War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells / A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs / A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Weinbaum / The Embassy by Donald A. Wolheim / Dark Mission by Lester Del Rey / Lost Art by George O. ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 25th 1976 by Futura Publications Ltd (Orbit Books) (first published 1971)
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Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
Somewhat disappointing, although I guess that depends on what you're looking for. All of these stories were written before we had any real knowledge or experience of what Mars is like, so they're a mixture of pure fantasy, laughably dated scientific speculation, and weird dreamy shit which use the name Mars but which could really be set on any alien planet (or alternate dimension).

The fanciful stuff (Burroughs' Princess of Mars, for example) doesn't date as badly as the hard SF from sixty years
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science fiction enthusiasts, and all who pause to wonder at the planets
A fascinating progression of different authors writing in different periods (1892 to c.1969). I particularly enjoyed Frank Herbert's poem, "Carthage: Reflections of a Martian". All written, of course, well before the first truly successful (unmanned) mission landed safely on the planet's surface, in 1976.

I presume that provided the reason for issuing this book in paperback, following its first publication in 1971, when a Soviet craft landed successfully, but transmitted information for only 15
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Willis Everett McNelly was a professor and writer best known for The Dune Encyclopedia, the 1984 companion to Frank Herbert's classic Dune series of science fiction novels.

The son of an avid science fiction reader of the same name, McNelly grew up immersed in science fiction, which he later preferred to call "speculative fiction". Securing a doctorate in English literature from Northwestern Univer