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A Martian Odyssey

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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A Martian Odyssey is a science fiction short story by Stanley G. Weinbaum originally published in the July 1934 issue of Wonder Stories.
Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published March 24th 2011 (first published July 1934)
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||Swaroop||
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short story by Stanley G. Weinbaum proves that it is not about the number of pages or words in a story/book - what matters is the passion and potency of the imagination!

In about 30 pages, Stanley G. Weinbaum takes you to Mars and then on an amazing journey. First published in 1934, A Martian Odyssey is about one of the experiences of the famous crew of the Ares expedition - the first human beings to set foot on the mysterious neighbor of the earth, the planet Mars.

A science fiction classic
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Matt
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An astronaut on Mars got separated from his crew members after he wrecked his rocket and has to take a long and perilous walk back to safety and his mother-ship.

If this sounds familiar and reminds you of The Martian , you’re not mistaken. There are indeed quite a few similarities between the two stories, and I wonder if Andy Weir took some inspiration from Weinbaum’s work.

Stanley G. Weinbaum’s short story first got published in 1934 in a science fiction magazine called Wonder Stories. Although
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Richard Derus
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful to read an 84-year-old SFnal representation of *truly* alien consciousnesses, explicitly made to be so by the author. It was hokey to have a Mars setting, but 84 years ago not quite as hokey as it would be today.

Tweel's character is a hoot. I would love to meet this boop-snoot! And there's a twist at the end of the story that sums up humanity and colonialism right tidily. *sigh*
Kandice
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It may be in part due to the fact that the last two titles I finished kind of blew. Or maybe because I read it in a waiting room and it managed to make me laugh out loud. Not LOL, but for real, with sound, laughing out loud, in public, in an otherwise quiet place.

I made the mistake of reading a few bad reviews. This little tome was written in 1934 and when you keep that in mind as you read, it is so much more entertaining that it would be if written now. Our narrator is a pret
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Peter
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
In general I do not mind "classic" SF. Although the current times may have overtaken their technology dreams, some of the concepts and questions are still valid (see Asimov's laws of robotic). This short story is addressing the different nature of alien life. Other than e.g. in Stanislaw Lem's Solaris it is done in a wild west like style, and the main character is of course American. He tells about his encounters with different lifeforms on Mars in a colloquial language, which is not appropriate ...more
Olethros
-Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios publicados
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Tormund
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mükemmel. Her bilimkurgu sever okumalı.
Austin Aslan
Dec 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my God. This story was disgusting. And I don't mean gross. I mean an abomination of a tale. I know, I know...it was written in the 1930s. But I don't feel inclined to give Weinbaum any slack for that. This story wasn't only poorly written, cocky, highly- and offensively-racist, it was an imperial and colonial orgasm in the worst pornographic way. The main character might as well have been Zapp Brannigan from Futurama, and his exploits with Martian aliens would have made early British colonia ...more
Jacey
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Think not what you can do for Mars, think only what Mars can do for you. (Sigh!) Yes, this is colonialist, imperialist and racist in equal measure, yet it's probably not fair to condemn it for that since it was Written in 1934 and is of its time. It would be cruel to review it through the lens of 2014 because it simply doesn't stand up.

A expedition to Mars which Weinbaum imagines as a dry desert with thin but breathable air and low gravity. It has plants and creatures consistent with the world
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Damla
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
gerçekten genç yaşta seni kaybettiğimiz için çok üzüldüm Stanley! keşke uzun ömürler yaşayıp bize bu öykülerin gibi mükemmel eserler okutma fırsatı sunsaydın. sen harika bir yazarsın! ve harika bir meslektaşsın ve bunun izlerini her bir satırda hissettirdiğin için mesleğime bir kez daha mutlulukla bağlandım.
Yani Daniele
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
No conocía a este autor, pero navegando en los podcast de ivoox en una de mis suscripciones, me apareció este cuento de ciencia ficción, y para variar decidí darle una oportunidad. Y no me he arrepentido, al contrario, esta es una de mis lecturas favoritas del año. Tenemos un viaje a marte, y una gran aventura cruzando las distintas zonas del planeta narradas por el personaje principal, Jarvis, quien conocerá distintas criaturas en este planeta misterioso.

He de decir que disfruté mucho con cada
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Mayyah
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Very nice, sort of funny, old fashioned.
Thorkell Ottarsson
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-story
A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum (1934) was a lot of fun. It deals with life on other planets, this time (as so often back then) on Mars. What I liked about the story was that it was open for different form of life (not just carbon based lifeforms) and it dealt with interesting aspect of language. It also shows the limitless faith people had in science and what we could find in space.

The story is out dated but it is still very charming and entertaining.
Olethros
-Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios publicados
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Jessica Meyers
Honestly, I am speechless as to how much I loved this book. Stanley Weinbaum has a fantastic imagination and my type of quirky since of humor. I laughed through the whole book! There were parts I literally had tears dripping off my face because I could not for the life of me stop laughing. The characters he told about were fascinating, and their inner workings so detailed that they seemed real. It's amazing how his words can paint such a beautifully detailed, incredibly funny, and exciting story ...more
Rich Meyer
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
A quirky little story that is far from Weinbaum's best, it has some interesting allusions in terms of life on Mars. Some of the characters are annoying, the story's pretty much told in flashback, so it got a bit confusing here and there. Nothing insurrmountable, but the tale's not one I'd go out of my way to recommend to anyone.
Cris
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un excelente libro para iniciar la lectura de ciencia ficción. Las historias son tan originales y bien contadas. Me gustó mucho como para recomendarlo a cualquier lector independientemente de su preferencia en género literario.
Scott Hutsell
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
A fascinating look at the starts of modern science-fiction. Imaginative in setting and scope; comfortingly formulaic in plot. Would have given it 4 stars but the echoes of early 20th century views on race (in only one paragraph though) were jarring and stayed with me after reading the story.
MICHAEL CLICK
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

This was a fun read, but dated. I do not know much about this story or the author, but this seemed to be a small part of a larger story. Some stories may have some loose ends; this is nothing but loose ends!
Inkspill
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a short fun read – the story is of how two new friends, one human and one of Mars, address communication challenges as they try and get out of a tricky spot. It’s not until the end that we learn what put them in danger, and throughout the story makes subtle remarks on being human.
Shafaet Ashraf
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
সটযানলি ওয়েইনবাম কে সাইনস ফিকশনের পায়োনিয়ারদের একজন কেন ধরা হয় সেটা বুঝতে হলে বইটা অবশযই পড়তে হবে। দু:খজনক বযাপার হলো লেখক মাতর ৩২ বছর বয়সে মারা গিয়েছেন, আর কিছুদিন বেচে থাকলে আরো দারুণ কিছু বই উপহার দিয়ে যেতে পারতেন। ...more
Jerry
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: appendix-n
Fun travelogue of strange creatures on Mars that are genuinely alien.
De Jan
Re-read in May 2013.
6 stars!
A masterpiece!
Namnlaus
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lest-på-engelsk
Dette er en novelle om en astronaut som opplever at romraketten han bruker til å drive rekognosering over store ørkenområder på Mars, havarerer. Han må som en følge av dette benytte seg av de små restene av forliset og sitt øvrige utstyr til å gå den lange veien tilbake til basen, hvor hans tre kamerater venter på ham.

På sin reise møter han mange forbløffende ting, og det er her Weinbaums fortelling har sin store styrke. A Martian Odyssey er en oppvisning i livlig fantasi, og noen av karakterene
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Muhammed Aslan
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Stanley Weinbaum yaşasaydı muhakkak gelmiş geçmiş en sevilen bilimkurgu yazarları listesinde başı çekerdi. Kitabın detaylı önsözü bu şekilde bitiyor. Isaac Asimov'dan böylesine bir giriş kitaptan beklentiyi haliyle arttırıyor. Yazar bu öyküleri yazdıktan 1 yıl sonra ölmüş ve maalesef başka bir kitabı da yok. O yüzden hiç acele etmedim okurken. Öyküler hep farklı konuları içeriyor. Mesela yarattığı dünya dışı yaratıkları çok zekice tasarlamış ve ayrıntılı özellikler vermiş. Ve o yaratıkların bölü ...more
Andy Hickman
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
“A Martian Odyssey” (1934) – Stanley G. Weinbaum (USA)

A significant pioneering narrative in the development of sc-fi. ****

“Imperturbable” = incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm.

The main character, Jarvis, is musing about his past girlfriend back on Earth. To his surprise he sees her on Mars! But it's an alien creature using the prey's mental images to create an illusion and hypnotise to lure the hapless victims. Similar alien technique (not as malevolent) as in Ray Brad
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Rafeeq O.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum has some of the occasional creakiness to be expected of Golden Age science fiction--conventions of the era, really, rather than actual true authorial failures--but for its period of the mid-1930s this book of five stories does indeed show a great deal of innovative imagination, and of course quite decent storytelling as well.

The title story, the 1934 "A Martian Odyssey," is one of those original "classics" about which the SF reader always hears, such as,
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Callibso
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Ich habe mir dieses dünne Büchlein auf dem Garching Con gekauft.
Es enthält die zwei Marskurzgeschichten um die "Ares" von Stanley G. Weinbaum, von denen die erste die bekanntere ist, weil sie auch in die "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" Sammlung aufgenommen wurde - als älteste Geschichte in dieser berühmten Sammlung.
Beide Geschichten lassen sich noch gut lesen: Weinbaum gelingt es sehr gut, fremdartige Lebewesen, Städte und Landschaften zu schildern. Das Alter von etwa 80 Jahren merkt man der Erzä
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Aggie Christine
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
"A Martian Odyssey,"is a fine short story however, I would not recommend it as one's first attempt to immerse one's self in science fiction. It does have a nicely developed world and the story being told from the perspective of the narrator telling a story to his crew mates makes it unique in the sea of Alien attacks and strange encounters that floods the Science Fiction Genre. It is a simple story and can be read in about an hour of one is a quick reader. I would recommend this story to more se ...more
Amanda
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A precursor to The Martian? There is something about Mars, it seems, that lends itself to humorous, self-deprecating observations. Weinbaum offers a tale that brings to the fore every hypocrisy and prejudice of the invader and then sets them on their head... Well nearly.
Somehow, the humour is in the way assumptions of superiority, improbability and impossibility are expressed by Jarvis and his fellow crew mates. Given the level of obvious disdain and condescension, the biggest threat seems to b
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