Monday, 11 March 2013

My Top Ten Martian Tales

Sticking with the Martian theme I thought I'd share my top ten Martian tales. So there they are - in reverse order:

(10) The Martian Way by Isaac Azimov  - No SF list would be complete without Azimov, so here he is.

(9) Voyage by Stephen Baxter - an excellent alternate history where mankind is already out exploring space.

(8) The Outward Urge by John Wyndham - Not a writer normally associated with hard SF but this is an exception to the rule.

(7) Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - okay, so this is really three books, but they deserve a slot of their own - Martian terraforming in all its glory!

(6) We can remember it for you Wholesale by Philip K Dick,  which you probably know as the film Total Recall - the first one that is - the latest one isn't set on Mars, which I think spoils it.

(5) Captain Scarlett and the Mysterons - I just had to include this - well, just - because :-)

(4) The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut - because he's one of my all time favourite writers!

(3) Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein - an all time classic in my opinion - that stayed with me long after I'd finished the last page!

(2) War of the Worlds by HG Wells - The original Martians and probably the best!! (And I have to mention here the Jeff Wade album by the same name which I love)

(1) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - Both the book and the TV series - I loved these stories! Really original Martians too.

So what would be on your list?


  1. Aliens in Underpants Save the World is a hit in our house at the moment. :-)

    I've awarded you the Reality Blog award - more details over at my place, if you wish to accept. x

    1. Thank you so much. That's a lovely award :-)

  2. You've set me thinking- War of the Worlds, The martian Inca by Ian Watson, Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, Quatermass and the Pit that's about it I'm afraid. Have you heard Tom Rapp singing Mars? its off journal of the plague year, he does a lovely line in Ray Bradbury songs Stardancer is superb and rocket man inspired the elton john song. you might like the music-its probably on youtube.

  3. Oooh Paul - your introducing me to some inteesting new music! Thanks :-)

  4. You can download it here:

    or listen to it here at youtube:


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