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Questions tagged [mars]

The 4th planet from Sol - sometimes called The Red Planet. Considered to be the prime target for humanity's first off-world colony, and features in a large number of science-fiction stories because of this (The Mars Trilogy, Total Recall). Sometimes, supposed Martian beings will invade Earth (War of the Worlds, Mars Attacks!)

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Did Edgar Rice Burroughs ever write a fictional work (novel, tale, etc..) depicting Tarzan on Mars?

I know that Edgar Rice Burroughs' nephew, Studley Oldham Burroughs, designed for him an ex libris bookplate showing Tarzan holding the planet Mars, but I would like to know if Edgar Rice Burroughs ...
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Story about early stages of terraforming Mars and opposition to the project?

I read this story (probably a novel, but maybe a short story or novella) in the mid-1990s or earlier. I have an uncertain memory that it may have been a sequel or the second story in a series. I also ...
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Old story about a creature laying pyramid shaped eggs on Mars [duplicate]

I remember a very old short story/novella about a man on Mars who finds a creature who lays pyramid shaped eggs, the eggs hatch and a new creature lays an egg and so on. Think the man is a stranded ...
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70s-80s novel: war between Earth and Mars initiated by a shapeshifting race

I'm looking for the title of a novel. It's about a soldier who returns to Earth after the lunar station he served at was surrendered to the Martians. This was after a long war between the two planets....
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Book: Young man exiled to a penal colony, helps to lead revolution

I've been struggling to remember the title of this book - this could be multiple books mixed together. I read it about 10 years ago, but it could be far older. Short synopsis based on what I ...
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Short story about a man on Mars searching for the rover Opportunity before its signal is lost forever

I've been talking to my friends about Oppy (Opportunity) and I mentioned reading a short story pertaining to it in a Science magazine. Now I'm dumb and it's been well over a year since reading it and ...
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1st Mars landing story-Read in eighties

Trying to remember a "first landing on Mars" story. Read in the eighties, short story, not a novel. Basically the story has an Apollo-style crew, I think, two guys in a lander and one in an orbiting ...
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Children's Italian steampunk comic from 1970 with a trip to Mars HG Wells style. Earthlings taught the Martians to play football

This comic was almost certainly Italian and its author had a very Italian name, similar to "Ivo Milazzo", an excellent author of a western comic called Ken Parker. But I'm sure it's not Ivo Milazzo. ...
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Spaceport on Phobos?

Which novel depicted Mars' moon Phobos as an elaborately constructed spaceport?
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Anthropologist in Mars researching Martian’s sexuality

Some years ago, no more than 5 or 6. I read a story in Asimov about a female anthropology PhD. Student doing research in Mars to try to understand sexuality in a caravan of Martians. They were named ...
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Short story about entity that suppresses human intelligence on trip to Mars [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story about the first human trip to Mars. In it, the further the astronauts go from Earth the smarter they get. At the halfway point they have super-intelligence and realize ...
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An old short story about a teacher who goes to Mars to work? [duplicate]

A person I know is trying to find a story about a teacher who travels from Earth to Mars and starts working there. It's old, maybe from Bradbury or Asimov. That's the only information she gave to me.
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Book trilogy(?) about advanced civilisation, wormholes and portals, first mission to Mars [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a good book, maybe divided by three volumes, about a future human society. I remember that it starts with the first human mission to Mars, where the astronauts land just to ...
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Author of 60s/70s sci-fi novel called Sphere, about a clear personal transport device made from Martian technology

Found it in a used book store, don't have it anymore. I'm almost certain the title is Sphere, but it was written about 20-25 years before Crichton's book of the same name. I'm trying to find out the ...
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Short story about a young man stranded alone on Mars who runs out of air

I read this story in approximately 1979 (plus or minus a year); I found it in an anthology when I was systematically reading my way through all the SF in my library's YA section. Note that the book ...
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What's the name of this sci-fi novel about Mars?

The initial main protagonist, who has an Indian-sounding name, thinks he is man but discovers later on that he is a cyborg. (Indian meaning from the country in Asia rather than from the Americas.) ...
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Story where Mars is sucking the air from the Earth

Not sure if that was a short story or a novel where this took place but a pilot figures it out and flies to Mars in the funnel that is stealing the atmosphere
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Adult Oriented Anime- humans at war with martian 'gods'

This was set in the future where after colonizing mars humans were fighting and losing a war with an alien species that humans called 'gods'. In addition to having superior technology the so-called ...
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Story ID - aliens pit humans against other aliens

Another book series where I can't remember the author of title. Published in the last 10 years. Earth has made contact with aliens who claim that their enemies have landed on mars and are coming for ...
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A short story about an astronaut on Mars [duplicate]

When I was a kid I had a book that had many older sci-fi short stories. One of my favs was about an astronaut who was the only one left alive after a crash-landing on Mars. His food and water ran out ...
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Looking for a short story about a fossil found on Mars

An early (first?) expedition to Mars finds a fossil and the geologist dies trying to get it back. The story is told by a survivor of the expedition many years later after Mars has been colonized, ...
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Short Story About Spaceship Crew Reaching Mars in Makeshift Spacecraft

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story dealing with two crew members on a spaceship who accidentally get jettisoned (along with several crates of supplies) while traveling near Mars. ...
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Children's story about moneyless / post-scarcity / communist world?

I have a vague memory of reading a story in my childhood and was hoping someone might be able to help me identify it. I've been googling all day and would be extremely grateful for any ideas! I'm not ...
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Mars 'troffie' short story

Trying to find old short story about men signing up for tour of duty on Mars....have respirator surgically implanted to deal with low pressure, but if kept turned up, lungs atrophy and cannot return ...
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60s/70s story about English people (Chris et al?) going to Mars and hibernating on the way

It was a long time ago and my memory is faulty: a small group of 4 or 5 young men and women are sent to Mars from England (perhaps to check out colonization?), using some sort of long-term human ...
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Did the Martians destroy a planet?

In Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, do the Martians destroy a planet in orbit between Mars and Jupiter creating the asteroid belt? I seem to remember there being an implicit threat to ...
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Identify movie clip seen in NATGEO Mars Series Episode “Power”

In the Mars Series episode "Power", there is a clip of some astronauts in spacesuits. One is seen getting a handful of dirt in his gloved hand. I remember this movie from way back when. I believe it ...
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Science fiction short story where accidentally introduced poop makes a complex lifeform extinct [duplicate]

I can remember one short story where the explorer finds life - I think on the Venus surface, so an early story before we knew how hostile the surface is. and he leaves a poop bag there, not realizing ...
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Young adult science fiction novel set on Mars. Teenage romance between girl and guy with odd name

I read this book in high school, and it was fairly new, so published (approximately) between 2000 and 2004. From what I remember, there were two teenagers on Mars, a boy and a girl. The boy had an odd ...
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What was under the ice in The Waters of Mars?

In the Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars, I recall there being a large patch of ice that was cracking and breaking, nearly releasing something trapped inside or underneath. I seem to remember that ...
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Story identification : abandoned martian village with a high pitched note playing from nowhere [duplicate]

I was writing a comment in Worldbuilding SE about alien music, and it reminded me of a short story, which I can't recall the title. Here is the pitch : An astronaut is the only survivor of the crash ...
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Anthology for children; contains story about friendly Martian on postapocalyptic Earth

I'm looking for the title of an anthology of children's science fiction stories from the 1950s. The best of the bunch involved a Martian who visited earth, and realized we'd blown ourselves up in a ...
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1950 children's science fiction story

I once read a 1950s children's science fiction story set on Mars. It was about a family that had just moved there, and befriended a colonial kid. They lived under a dome, and adopted a Martian animal ...
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Oneiric travel to Mars in rocket ship made from scrap

This was possibly published in Omni, or some other magazine, about 1979. A group of boys build a rocket ship from scrap in their backyard. They enter into it for playing, and when they get out they ...
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What does it say on the back cover of _Mars, We Love You_ (ed. Jane Hipolito and Willis McNelly)?

I am doing some research work on the ways in which sf writers and readers kind of collaborate on approaching unreal landscapes and other environments. There is an element of genre marketing in this ...
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What effect did Mariner 4 mission's findings have on depictions of sentient Martians?

Science fiction used to always try to meet contemporary scientific conceptions. Many past Sci-Fi works had speculated about martian civilizations until the Mariner 4 spaceflight dispelled these ...
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In Martian, why did the hab explode? [duplicate]

In The Martian, why did the hab explode, the night when Mark's crops died?
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Kids' SF chapterbook about Mars, with three-eyed Martian animals and hidden Old Martians

Protagonists were Sally and Jim, ages 11 and 12 or thereabouts ("Jim, six and a half, and Sally, six" in Martian years) middle-class white suburban kids whose family moves to a Martian dome-city. ...
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A Mars based movie where the mission crew discover ancient-advanced martian installation revealing humans are a product resulted of martian DNA? [duplicate]

I've been trying to remember the name of a Mars based movie. The plot takes place in the near future when the first mars man mission just leaves the earth. While inside the martian installation, the ...
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Why was Quaid so sure about starting the reactor (Total Recall)?

In Total Recall, Quaid, after meeting Kuato, seems to be certain that starting the reactor was a good idea This idea seems to have been given to him by Kuato (his final words were to start the ...
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How can Watney get so much hydrogen in the air?

This does not make sense to me. Mark Watney needs water. He uses an iridium dish to decompose hydrazine into a gaseous mix of hydrogen and nitrogen (2:1 ratio) that he feeds into a hand made oven. ...
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How powerful can a Mars Dust Storm be? [closed]

In the movie, The Martian (as shown by the trailer), a Martian Dust storm wreaks havoc on the site, throwing a satellite dish at Mark Watney. It is similar in the book, where the strong wind nearly ...
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Why did the first 100 in Red Mars settle so far from the pole?

The first Red Mars colonists founded Underhill a few thousand kilometers from the pole. Later in the book we learn that they took a long journey to find ice, because the water demand was increasing, ...
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Pre-1980s Sci-fi movie about killer aliens [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember an old movie title from when I was a kid. I have not been able to get any information. The movie is pre 1980. Is in another planet (maybe Mars, not sure) and there are this ...
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Help remembering a short story about a man on mars

So I'm having trouble remembering a short story I read about 3 or 4 years ago. I'm a little hazy with some of the details but I think that it was about this one man who had a high ranking among a ...
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Martian colonists wind up back on Earth, and have to repopulate

In high school (late '90s) I read a book where there were a bunch of people trying to escape a doomed Earth (I believe climate change was the disaster), by going to Mars. The protagonist was a ...
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Humans explore Mars, encounter hostile life

This story was definitely a movie, but I've only seen it on TV. It was probably made in the late '60s or early '70s. The plot is a crew of explorers launched on a mission to Mars. When they arrive ...
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Cartoon movie set on Mars, human kids with alien pet

I've been trying to find a movie a saw when I was a kid. I don't remember the name, just a few details of the plot. I remember it was set on Mars, there was a human colony there, like a dome city. ...
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Looking for author or title of this book with Earth, Mars, Revenants and chemically induced amnesia

The story is about a female star pilot who is attacked and wakes up to find the last three years of her life have been chemically wiped away. She searches for information on her son (now dead) and on ...
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Astronaut stranded on Mars and teleports back

I remember reading about this book/story on Wikipedia as if it were yesterday, but no matter how hard I try, I can't find it again. An astronaut is stranded on Mars and almost starves to death. In ...