Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Collection of Stories by Miles J. Breuer

The Man with the Strange Head: And Other Early Science Fiction Stories (2008), a new collection of stories and nonfiction written by Miles J. Breuer and edited by Michael R. Page, has at least two pieces of Martian science fiction from the 1930s.

The first story is “On Board the Martian Liner," originally published in Amazing Stories in March 1931. Here, according to a sci-fi reference book from the late 1990s,
“Star reporter Streak Burgess is assigned by his editor to pick up human interest stories on the Mars rocket run.”

The second story is “Mars Colonizes," originally published in Marvel Tales in Summer 1935. According to a recent issue of Publisher’s Weekly, this story “answers The War of the Worlds, suggesting the Martians might do better to just move to Earth and buy up real estate.”

A full description of the new Breuer collection, the table of contents, and an excerpt are available at the website of the publisher, Bison Books of the University of Nebraska Press.

The collection was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly.

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