A Martian Odyssey

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1949, 1934
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,267 / 39 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.8
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 9,453
Added to site: 2007.12.05
mnybks.net#: 19275
Origin: gutenberg.org

A science-fiction classic.

Show Excerpt

at the earth on my diagram, and then at myself, and then, to clinch it, I pointed to myself and then to the earth itself shining bright green almost at the zenith.

"Tweel set up such an excited clacking that I was certain he understood. He jumped up and down, and suddenly he pointed at himself and then at the sky, and then at himself and at the sky again. He pointed at his middle and then at Arcturus, at his head and then at Spica, at his feet and then at half a dozen stars, while I just gaped at him. Then, all of a sudden, he gave a tremendous leap. Man, what a hop! He shot straight up into the starlight, seventy-five feet if an inch! I saw him silhouetted against the sky, saw him turn and come down at me head first, and land smack on his beak like a javelin! There he stuck square in the center of my sun-circle in the sand--a bull's eye!"

"Nuts!" observed the captain. "Plain nuts!"

"That's what I thought, too! I just stared at him open-mouthed while he pulled his head out of the sand an

Reviews

Average Rating of 4.8 from 4 reviews: *****
2014.02.10
Leah A. Zeldes
*****

Don't miss this one, sf lovers! One of the most influential science-fiction stories in the genre, Stanley G. Weinbaum's delightful "A Martian Odyssey" remains highly readable. Unlike many pre-Golden Age works, "A Martian Odyssey" holds up beautifully. A fun read, the story moves along briskly, and Weinbaum's breezy style is surprisingly fresh add modern.

The picturesNASA's Mars Odyssey and other unmanned explorers of Mars may have superseded Weinbaum's 1934 speculations, but only the most narrow-minded of readers will fault the story for depicting a different Mars from the one revealed later. The rest of us are wishing that the real Mars more closely resembled Weinbaum's!

After rescue by comrades on the first Terran ship to land on the Red Planet, astronaut Dick Jarvis, describes the trek he made across Mars after his exploratory vehicle failed, and his encounter with Tweel, a friendly and intelligent but inscrutable Martian. Weinbaum's avoids exposition by making, but for a few interjections from his colleagues, Jarvis's narration form the whole of the story, but even so it's a bit talky -- a minor flaw.

The first alien in sf to be more than a prop, Tweel forms a milestone in the genre's development, and if you want to claim a thorough grounding in the field, "A Martian Odyssey" should be on your list of must-reads. Even if you don't, you should read this, because it's a great story. Enjoy!

2013.03.04
bhold
*****

A highly imaginative trek over the Martian surface, told from the point of view of an explorer returning to base camp following the crash of his scout ship. Excellent!

2009.12.20
whiterabbit
*****

A fast-paced, beautifully written sci fi story, full of insight, humor, and imagination. As good a read today as when it was written... it certainly passes the test of time. A must read for any sci fi enthusiast.

This much admired story is the oldest short story to be selected by a committee of Science Fiction writers for inclusion in the Science Fiction Hall Of Fame first volume and was also among the top vote getters.

There is an interesting article on Weinbaum in Wikipedia that gives some additional detail on the story and it's impact on Science Fiction writing.

The story is short well constructed and a worthwhile read.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Mysterious Island
by Jules Verne
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The $30,000 Bequest
by Mark Twain
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine

See more popular titles from this genre.