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Fourth Planet from the Sun by [Van Gelder, Gordon, Bradbury, Ray, Sturgeon, Theodore, Clarke, Arthur C., Brackett, Leigh, Varley, John, Young, Robert F., Benford, Gregory, Cassutt, Michael, Irvine, Alex]
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Long before our robots got there, writers were dreaming about going to Mars. From Edgar Rice Burroughs to Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction authors have been speculating about Mars for decades. Fourth Planet from the Sun is a collection of twelve of the very best stories about the Red Planet featuring classics from some of the masters of the genre—including Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, John Varley, and Theodore Sturgeon.

There's Ray Bradbury's 1952 story, "The Wilderness," a mood-piece tracing the last day on Earth of two women who are about to follow their men to the Martian frontier. In "Mars Is Ours" by Alfred Coppel, a war on the cold and lonely Martian sands exacts a terrible price from the people who fight it. Arthur C. Clarke imagines "Crime on Mars," in an irony-laden mystery that reviews crime and punishment Martian-style. Leigh Brackett takes us to Mars where an unwilling visitor is forced to witness the secret rites of the "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon." Jerry Oltion's "The Great Martian Pyramid Hoax" looks at the Face on Mars with tongue firmly placed in cheek. Moving into the twenty-first century, there is Alex Irvine's "Pictures from an Expedition," which shows the corrosive effects of fame and celebrity on the scientists who need public support for their scientific exploration.

As Mars continually cycles into the news bringing us new scientific understanding of our neighboring planet—just in the last ten years, we've seen breathtaking images from the 2004 Rover expeditions and new data is returning from Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory that landed in August of 2012—it is fascinating to read how authors' conceptions of Mars have also changed so dramatically over time.

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  • Publisher: Spilogale, Inc. (May 1 2013)
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HASH(0x9baea264) out of 5 stars I Love This Book! May 12 2014
By Barry Owens - Published on
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But then I am a fan of anthologies. That is why I have subscriptions to so many Amazon Kindle Magazines like Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Analog, Asimov's, Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's. I absolutely love the short stories and novellas in this book. They are well written and the book is very well edited. All of the stories have something to do with the planet Mars and include stories about colonizing Mars, finding life on Mars, etc. If you are like me and you like Sci-Fi and you like anthologies then you've got to read this book. Best of all it is available free of charge from the Amazon Prime lending library if you are an Amazon Prime customer.
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HASH(0x9baea4d4) out of 5 stars 12 of the Best Mars Tales ever! Nov. 3 2013
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A delightful selection of Mars tales from the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This book is a collection of 12 tales by top authors in the field.
HASH(0x9baea474) out of 5 stars Entertaining collection sure to please Mars enthusiasts Feb. 16 2016
By M. Bailey - Published on
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A wonderfully entertaining collection of short stories dealing with humanity's efforts to explore and/or colonize Mars. One or two of the stories aren't quite top-notch, but most are original and either very funny or powerfully thoughtful. The first story, by Bradbury, about two women preparing to join 5000 others to travel to Mars to join (or find) their husbands, is a lovely meditation on the frontier experiences of women. It's so beautifully written I had to read it twice. Other stories will have readers laughing out loud by the end. A varied grouping which will tickle Mars enthusiasts no end.
HASH(0x9baea96c) out of 5 stars Well written but dated July 4 2014
By Kingsland Don - Published on
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The book is a collection of speculative stores featuring Mars. The stories were written well before the first Mars lander. If you like well written stories or if the SciFi view of Mars prior to the flybys and landers are of interest this is a book for you. If your preferences in SciFi stories must incorporate the latest scientific information go elsewhere.
HASH(0x9baeac60) out of 5 stars Theodore Sturgeon's story was great. July 24 2014
By Margaret W. Kelly - Published on
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A bit dated, but interesting. Theodore Sturgeon's story was great.