Good news, ah for me at least, I found another time to write. So I’m hoping my output will increase dramatically.

I don’t know what it is about Mars but I find it fascinating. It’s not only me. If you follow space related news they are now trying to colonize Mars and if I wasn’t married with a child I would sign up. Family comes first.

I am not the only one to find Mars fascinating. Societies throughout history has held a fascination with the Red Planet. Ancient Greece named it Ares after their god of war. The Romans did the same naming the planet Mars after their god of War. It’s distinct in the sky among all the stars because you can see it with the naked eye and you can see that it is red.

I believe, that when we do colonize Mars, it’s history and literature will consist of, at least partially, of fiction about Mars written on Earth. I know it has been the stories I read and not so much the non-fiction of Mars that has made me fall in love with the planet.

The stories include the following:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Moving Mars by Greg Bear

Mars, Return to Mars, and Mars Life by  Ben Bova

I might add that these are only a few of the novels I have read. I will try and dig up some of the short stories I have read which are just as good. For those of you looking for a romantic element in your stories. John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ben Bova’s Mars trilogy have strong romantic/relationship subplots and the stories wouldn’t be the same without them. I would even call John Carter of Mars Science Fiction Romance.

I hope you get a chance to check some these great works of fiction.

Until next week.

Keep on reading.

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