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Literature / Edison's Conquest of Mars

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It was the evolution of the earth against the evolution of Mars.

"Why should we wait? Why should we run the risk of having our cities destroyed and our lands desolated a second time? Let us go to Mars. We have the means. Let us beard the lion in his den. Let us ourselves turn conquerors and take possession of that detestable planet, and if necessary, destroy it in order to relieve the earth of this perpetual threat which now hangs over us like the sword of Damocles."

Edison's Conquest Of Mars is a 1898 Science Fiction novel by American astronomer and writer Garrett P. Serviss. Written as a sequel to Fighters from Mars, an unauthorized adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds, it is notable for introducing many important ideas to the genre.

Earth has started to recover from the Martian attacks, but humanity still fears that the aliens will return, and that the planet will not survive a second war. Fortunately, American inventor Thomas Edison has created prototypes for both a gun which humanity can use to take down the Martians, and a spaceship which will move the fight to the enemy's home turf. After getting donations from all surviving world leaders, Edison starts constructing an armada of ships and brings together an invasion force consisting of the greatest scientific minds in the world. Together, this army of Science Heroes set out on the longest journey in human history, in an attempt to save the world.


It can be read for free here.

Compare The Future Eve, another influential ninteenth century Science Fiction novel starring Thomas Edison. Compare and contrast To Mars with Tesla, a somewhat similar story starring a certain rival of Edison.

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