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A Martian Odyssey A Martian Odyssey is a science fiction short story by Stanley G Weinbaum originally published in the July issue of Wonder Stories It was Weinbaum s second published story in he had sold a ro

  • Title: A Martian Odyssey
  • Author: Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • ISBN: 9781499304534
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Martian Odyssey is a science fiction short story by Stanley G Weinbaum originally published in the July 1934 issue of Wonder Stories It was Weinbaum s second published story in 1933 he had sold a romantic novel, The Lady Dances, to King Features Syndicate under the pseudonym Marge Stanley , and remains his best known It was followed four months later by a sequel, VaA Martian Odyssey is a science fiction short story by Stanley G Weinbaum originally published in the July 1934 issue of Wonder Stories It was Weinbaum s second published story in 1933 he had sold a romantic novel, The Lady Dances, to King Features Syndicate under the pseudonym Marge Stanley , and remains his best known It was followed four months later by a sequel, Valley of Dreams These are the only stories by Weinbaum set on Mars Early in the 21st century, nearly twenty years after the invention of atomic power and ten years after the first lunar landing, the four man crew of the Ares has landed on Mars in the Mare Cimmerium A week after the landing, Dick Jarvis, the ship s American chemist, sets out south in an auxiliary rocket to photograph the landscape Eight hundred miles out, the engine on Jarvis rocket gives out, and he crash lands into one of the Thyle regions Rather than sit and wait for rescue, Jarvis decides to walk back north to the Ares Just after crossing into the Mare Chronium, Jarvis comes across a tentacled Martian creature attacking a large birdlike creature He notices that the birdlike Martian is carrying a bag around its neck, and recognizing it as an intelligent being, saves it from the tentacled monstrosity The rescued creature refers to itself as Tweel Tweel accompanies Jarvis on his trip back to the Ares, in the course of which it manages to pick up some English, although Jarvis is unable to make any sense of Tweel s language At first, Tweel travels in tremendous, city block long leaps that end with its long beak buried in the ground, but upon seeing Jarvis trudge along, walks beside him Upon reaching Xanthus, a desert region outside the Mare Cimmerium, Jarvis and Tweel find a line of small pyramids tens of thousands of years old made of silica bricks, each open at the top As they follow the line, the pyramids slowly become larger and newer By the time the pyramids are ten feet high, the travelers reach the end of the line and find a pyramid that is not open at the top As they watch, a creature with gray scales, one arm, a mouth and a pointed tail pushes its way out of the top of the pyramid, pulls itself several yards along the ground, then plants itself in the ground by the tail It starts exhaling bricks from its mouth at ten minute intervals and using them to build another pyramid around itself Jarvis realizes that the creature is silicon based rather than carbon based neither animal, vegetable nor mineral, but a little of each The strange combination of a creature produces the solid substance silica and builds itself in with the by product, then sleeps for an unknown length of time As the two approach a canal cutting across Xanthus, Jarvis is feeling homesick for New York City, thinking about Fancy Long, a woman he knows from the cast of the Yerba Mate Hour show When he sees Long standing by the canal, he begins to approach her, but is stopped by Tweel Tweel takes out a gun that fires poisoned glass needles and shoots Long, who vanishes, replaced by one of the tentacled creatures that Jarvis rescued Tweel from at their first meeting Jarvis realizes that the tentacled creature, which he names a dream beast, lures its prey by projecting illusions into their minds.

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    1. I'm a huge SF geekasaurus fairly prolific reader of science fiction and yet I was very surprised to learn that this classic tale was the #2 vote getter (behind only Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall) when the Science Fiction Writers of America compiled their list of the Best SF short stories written before 1965. Of course, once I read this strange and wonderful story, my bulging eyes receded and I quickly lost the slack in my jaw because Stanley G Weinbaum penned a masterpiece when he wrote this tale i [...]

    2. I loved this book! It may be in part due to the fact that the last two titles I finished kind of blew. Or maybe because I read it in a waiting room and it managed to make me laugh out loud. Not LOL, but for real, with sound, laughing out loud, in public, in an otherwise quiet place.I made the mistake of reading a few bad reviews. This little tome was written in 1934 and when you keep that in mind as you read, it is so much more entertaining that it would be if written now. Our narrator is a pret [...]

    3. -Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-Género. Relatos.Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios pub [...]

    4. Think not what you can do for Mars, think only what Mars can do for you. (Sigh!) Yes, this is colonialist, imperialist and racist in equal measure, yet it's probably not fair to condemn it for that since it was Written in 1934 and is of its time. It would be cruel to review it through the lens of 2014 because it simply doesn't stand up. A expedition to Mars which Weinbaum imagines as a dry desert with thin but breathable air and low gravity. It has plants and creatures consistent with the world [...]

    5. Oh, my God. This story was disgusting. And I don't mean gross. I mean an abomination of a tale. I know, I know was written in the 1930s. But I don't feel inclined to give Weinbaum any slack for that. This story wasn't only poorly written, cocky, highly- and offensively-racist, it was an imperial and colonial orgasm in the worst pornographic way. The main character might as well have been Zapp Brannigan from Futurama, and his exploits with Martian aliens would have made early British colonials 't [...]

    6. Either you know the story of Stanley G. Weinbaum, or you don't care. If you fall into either of those categories, skip the next two paragraphs.In those dark days when science fiction was mostly rubbish about robots and slavering aliens menacing beautiful women in brass bikinis, and their (white, heterosexual, cis) male saviors - in those days, I say, an unknown writer named Stanley G. Weinbaum published a story called "A Martian Odyssey." It was far advanced over much of what was being published [...]

    7. No conocía a este autor, pero navegando en los podcast de ivoox en una de mis suscripciones, me apareció este cuento de ciencia ficción, y para variar decidí darle una oportunidad. Y no me he arrepentido, al contrario, esta es una de mis lecturas favoritas del año. Tenemos un viaje a marte, y una gran aventura cruzando las distintas zonas del planeta narradas por el personaje principal, Jarvis, quien conocerá distintas criaturas en este planeta misterioso.He de decir que disfruté mucho co [...]

    8. Honestly, I am speechless as to how much I loved this book. Stanley Weinbaum has a fantastic imagination and my type of quirky since of humor. I laughed through the whole book! There were parts I literally had tears dripping off my face because I could not for the life of me stop laughing. The characters he told about were fascinating, and their inner workings so detailed that they seemed real. It's amazing how his words can paint such a beautifully detailed, incredibly funny, and exciting story [...]

    9. Un excelente libro para iniciar la lectura de ciencia ficción. Las historias son tan originales y bien contadas. Me gustó mucho como para recomendarlo a cualquier lector independientemente de su preferencia en género literario.

    10. A fascinating look at the starts of modern science-fiction. Imaginative in setting and scope; comfortingly formulaic in plot. Would have given it 4 stars but the echoes of early 20th century views on race (in only one paragraph though) were jarring and stayed with me after reading the story.

    11. স্ট্যানলি ওয়েইনবাম কে সাইন্স ফিকশনের পায়োনিয়ারদের একজন কেন ধরা হয় সেটা বুঝতে হলে বইটা অবশ্যই পড়তে হবে। দু:খজনক ব্যাপার হলো লেখক মাত্র ৩২ বছর বয়সে মারা গিয়েছেন, আর কিছুদিন বেচে থাকলে আরো [...]

    12. This is an omnibus edition of two previous anthologies of Mr. Weinbaum's sci-fi short stories, "A Martian Odyssey and Others," and "The Red Peri." The first volume contains the most consistently higher quality stories in that they are inventive in terms of world-building and imagining totally alien forms of life. The second volumne contains his lesser known and lesser quality works. Special clunkers are the two pieces co-written by Ralph Milne Farley, one of which has a surprisingly intriguing t [...]

    13. “A Martian Odyssey” (1934) – Stanley G. Weinbaum (USA)A significant pioneering narrative in the development of sc-fi. ****“Imperturbable” = incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm.The main character, Jarvis, is musing about his past girlfriend back on Earth. To his surprise he sees her on Mars! But it's an alien creature using the prey's mental images to create an illusion and hypnotise to lure the hapless victims. Similar alien technique (not as malevolent) as i [...]

    14. A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum has some of the occasional creakiness to be expected of Golden Age science fiction--conventions of the era, really, rather than actual true authorial failures--but for its period of the mid-1930s this book of five stories does indeed show a great deal of innovative imagination, and of course quite decent storytelling as well.The title story, the 1934 "A Martian Odyssey," is one of those original "classics" about which the SF reader always hears, such as, [...]

    15. "A Martian Odyssey,"is a fine short story however, I would not recommend it as one's first attempt to immerse one's self in science fiction. It does have a nicely developed world and the story being told from the perspective of the narrator telling a story to his crew mates makes it unique in the sea of Alien attacks and strange encounters that floods the Science Fiction Genre. It is a simple story and can be read in about an hour of one is a quick reader. I would recommend this story to more se [...]

    16. A precursor to The Martian? There is something about Mars, it seems, that lends itself to humorous, self-deprecating observations. Weinbaum offers a tale that brings to the fore every hypocrisy and prejudice of the invader and then sets them on their head Well nearly. Somehow, the humour is in the way assumptions of superiority, improbability and impossibility are expressed by Jarvis and his fellow crew mates. Given the level of obvious disdain and condescension, the biggest threat seems to be e [...]

    17. Lo escuché en formato audiolibro en Verne y Wells ciencia ficción. Escrito en 1934, es un interesante relato en el que se cuenta el intento de comunicarse con una inteligencia extraterrestre. También me gustaron las diferentes formas de vida marcianas como el constructor de pirámides basado en silicio.

    18. The title story is an early science fiction classic, first published in 1934. All the stories were written in the early/mid 1930's, so they may seem dated to today's readers, but Weinbaum was one of the first sf writers to present aliens as something other than monsters. I read this book back in the 1960's and don't remember the plotlines of most of these stories.

    19. A mixed bag, but an important one given its historical context. Weinbaum was something of a prodigy, rewriting the course of science fiction in his tragically brief career (he died while in his early thirties, in 1935). Weinbaum's work took us from the era of Victorian/Edwardian adventure (Verne, Wells) into the golden age of post-WWII science fiction. And in this collection of five short stories and novellas, we see that change as it occurs. Despite being a major breakthrough, viewed with eight [...]

    20. Truth be told, the edition of the book I read is not on for some reason, so I'm putting my review here. After reading a great short story by this author in a scifi anthology about Venus, I seeked him out to see where else he could take me.Weinbaum had a career that was brief but prolific, and notable for his ability to imagine new worlds. All of his "Planetary" stories are collected into one volume here, spanning from Venus to Mars, to the moons of the gas giants, and even out to little, black [...]

    21. A Martian Odyssey, Stanley Grauman WeinbaumNaturally, a July 1934 story of a first trip to Mars will have plenty of inaccuracies. If you think about it, could you get in the ballpark, or even the state if you were guessing about technology 80 years from now? Despite that, in this story I think the Martian co-protagonist is what wins the day, on so many levels. Once pass the initial 1930's culture shock, the protagonist, Jarvis, tells his story. He isn't John Carter on Barsoom-Mars, but this imag [...]

    22. Stanley G. Weinbaum's mind is an incredible force in the pioneering of a genre that was largely undeveloped at the time of his writing. His first story, A Martian Odyssey, ran in the mid nineteen thirties. This doesn't stop his characters from visiting Mars in atomic powered space craft. He briefly alludes to a series of previous space expeditions, which gives his universe a complete feel, despite the sparse details that frame it. The bulk of the story is told my one of the martianauts who is se [...]

    23. This story is an OLD sci-fi tale. It was written in 1934, before spaceflight, before the nuclear bomb before we really knew diddly about the reality of Mars. BUT if you ignore the lack of knowledge that we have since gained it is still a tale worthy of a read. The first men have flown to Mars in their nuclear rocket and are busy studying the planet. A man treks across the Martian landscape after his flyer crashes. He encounters creatures both intelligent and not, some friendly and others outrigh [...]

    24. A splendid early sci-fi story from the 1930's, apparently among the first to depict extraterrestrials as friendly The imagination behind Weinbaums depiction of Mars - backed by accurate science as was known in the 1930's - is quite fresh even today, as is the whole story in general. It is easy to see how science fiction has a place in its heart for the short story if good stories were coming out as early as this. Aside from a slightly sluggish beginning everything about this story felt fresh, an [...]

    25. Can you believe this guy only had an 18 month career? He wrote for years, but his first professional publication happened a year and a half before he died of lung cancer. I wonder what he was up to and I wonder what he could've become. Anyway, A Martian Odyssey - the title story apparently changed the science fiction genre. It was the first alien to truly be alien. The Tweel didn't act like a human, think like a human, speak like a human, or look like a human. It was better than human and worse. [...]

    26. I was cued in to read this book from the dedication for it in “Deus Irae” by Mr, Zalanzy and Mr. Dick. Four astronauts have landed and are exploring Mats. One goes this way, and the other goes that way. The one had a problem and had to walk back to the ship across various landscapes. The first thing the does is save an odd creatujre from being eaten by another creature. They became trabeling companions. On the way back they encountered other oddities, most of which were explained by the cre [...]

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