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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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Sci fi book identification from Mars to Jupiter?

So I was reading a sci-fi book that started on Mars (it was in my old job's break room; I moved jobs and can't remember the name). I only recall bits and pieces and didn't get far. Any help in ...
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1970s short story where USA wants to terraform Mars, Communist China wants to settle Mars via pantropy, USSR is defunct

The story revolves around a U.S. diplomat. At this future date, the world has two superpowers, the USA and Communist China. There is a dispute about how best to colonize Mars. The United States ...
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TV miniseries about a race to Mars from summer 2014

I saw two episodes of this series on an airplane flight probably in 2014, I believe on the SciFi (SyFy?) channel. The basic story was a race to Mars between NASA (or its successor) and China. The NASA ...
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1980s children's storybook about a boy's journey from Earth to Mars

I’m looking for a children's storybook from the '80s about a boy who moves from Earth to Mars. The book came with a cassette with the boy narrating. I recall the intro man's voice saying, "this ...
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Movie producer decides to make a movie about a trip to Mars using a Mars expedition ship that was built and never used

I'm trying to remember the author and title of an SF novel about a trip to Mars. In this world, a Mars expedition had been planned and the expedition ship built, but the project was cancelled for lack ...
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In the universe of John Carter and "A Princess of Mars" light plays a role. Why?

In the John Carter universe, the energy source is all about light waves. Light ships float on light waves, and different light waves unlocks energies unknown to men. My question is: Was Mr. Burroughs ...
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1960s? Teen builds a spaceship and gets stuck on Mars; "Girl Next Door" uses his prototype to rescue him and also gets stuck on Mars

Library hardback in English. Probably from the 60s. A teenager builds an antigravity drive in his garage. When he turns it on, it lifts the garage off the foundation a few inches before he turns it ...
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SF short story from 1960-1980 about the murder of a Martian who played a form of golf using a jewelled boomerang

I think this short story was in one of the “Gold” collection series. It was about the murder of a Martian who played a form of golf using a jewelled boomerang. The human eventually convicted ends up ...
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Short story in which humans abandon Earth for Mars, only to find out that humans had previously abandoned Mars for Earth

I'm trying to remember the name of a short story that I read some years ago (I think it was by Philip K Dick) where humans had made the Earth uninhabitable and so they set up an observatory to plan a ...
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I remember reading a SF book (first in a trilogy) a few years ago, need help finding

Here's what I remember: The first book is freely available on the author's website. Second book is published, but is available through purchase only. All the books are supposed to be made open source ...
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Erotica novel trilogy set on Mars, potentially a parody of the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

I remember reading a part of a semi-erotic novel in the mid 1990's from a UK library that for a long time I thought was part of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy. I believe that the novel was part ...
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Book where main character has female ai in mind and nano armor

I read this book around 2010. It’s set in the future on, I believe, Mars. The main character has an ai implanted in his mind that’s described as a woman. He also has nanotechnology armor that I ...
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1950s-ish novels with spacecraft drives that are concentric rings

Looking for the name of the author of a series of short novels (at least two in the series) where spacecraft engines are concentric rings (some sort of reactionless drive?) that gave off a glow when ...
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Old TV show with ghost attacking settlers on Mars

Looking for an old TV show that dealt with Mars, aliens and ghost that would attack the settlers. Can not remember if it was from the '70s or '80s.
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Scientists send a nuclear bomb to Mars (to study the plume by spectroscopy) but destroy the unique martian populated area

I used to believe that this story was part of The Martian Chronicles but it is not. I would love to find the author/title. Sounds a bit like Fredric Brown's ideas.
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What was the first science fiction story to consider a Mars landing in a "realistic"/hard sci fi way?

What is the first science fiction story that considers the practicalities of getting to Mars, landing on it, and returning safely? I'm interested in stories that focus on things like consumables (air, ...
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What is the emotional context of this passage in Robinson's Red Mars (1992)?

Nadia is the expert construction foreperson and is fielding all sorts of questions while the colonists set up Underhill. During one exchange, some other colonists are having trouble getting concrete ...
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Short Story: faked 'unmanned' mission to Mars

I read this short story probably in the 1990s or early 2000s, but I think the story was "old" even then. It may have been in an anthology. It's comedy/farce. NASA (probably?) has a mission ...
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Sci-fi book where a scientist, researcher and special agent on Mars was communicating with telepathic cat-like creatures

I am searching for a sci-fi book where a scientist, researcher and special agent on Mars was communicating with telepathic cat-like creatures, to sort out a local conflict. In the story there was a ...
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Sun turns into red giant, Earth installs a time dilation field and heroes are stranded on Mars

I read this story in French around 1998 (no later than 2003) as a kid (I remember a big book.) The sun becomes a red giant (something to do with nuclear waste/bomb I think) and no way is found to stop ...
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When did stories featuring Martian civilization / life become implausible? [closed]

So much of classic SF, from Burroughs and Wells onwards, features Mars, Martians, Martian invasions, Martian cities, Martians in the desert, etc. Obviously, today, this looks like absurd fantasy and ...
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Christian novel about astronauts returning from Mars to a depopulated Earth

This was a novel I read around 2011 in spurts while visiting my girlfriend who worked in a bookstore. It was in the "Christian novel" section and had the following plot: Astronauts return ...
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YA books from early 2000s about a paraplegic kid on Mars who controlled a rover

I read a series of books when I was in middle school about a kid who lived on a Mars colony, and since he was paraplegic (or handicapped in some way, I don't remember exactly to what extent, I'm ...
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People recluded in a penal reservation, who believe they are on Mars but they are actually on alien-invaded Earth

This is a story from the 1950's. I recall that one of the characters states the date of the invasion as 1959. The story has some similarities to Oblivion. There is a group of people in a penal ...
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Man and artificially sapient dog alone on Mars. Dog starts behaving erratically

I'm trying to recall a story I read about a man alone on a Mars outpost except for the companionship of a dog that had already either been modified post-birth or natally bioengineered to have human-...
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Movie where a family on Mars misses the last departing spaceship, and are replaced by identical looking robots

So I remember seeing this movie, or maybe an Outer Limits type of show's episode of a family living on Mars or an alien planet, and the colony somehow failed so people are leaving in spaceships. But ...
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Mars mission with two-arm-joint Martians from dead civilization

Between 1994-1998, my library carried a sci-fi novel about Mars. I remember the cover being mostly black, somewhat larger format than a usual novel. I was under the impression it was Christian-themed, ...
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How long is a "rotation" on Mars?

I'm reading the novel Mechanicum in the Warhammer 40k universe. A group of engineers need to solve a complex problem in "seven rotations". Is there a clear indication how long a rotation is? ...
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Short story: ultimate Martian weapon [duplicate]

I am trying to remember the name of a book of short stories. It was a very thin paperback, with only 4 or 5 stories, and the cover was predominantly black. I don’t remember if it had any image on it. ...
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Mars children kill off the Earthlings

I am looking for the short story that features a man describing a Mars settlement and how the new generation of Martians are so great and wonderful and whatnot. And at the end of the story, the Mars ...
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1960's children's book where strange neighbor teaches 3 kids to rocket to Mars

On the edge of my memory, a 1960's children's book about a group of boys being taught to build a spaceship by an unusual neighbor. They learn the neighbor is from Mars, and eventually take a trip ...
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Did Edgar Rice Burroughs ever write a fictional work (novel, tale, etc..) depicting Tarzan on Mars?

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 wrote something ...
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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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