Wednesday, September 3, 2008

You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Title

Sometimes, science fiction books set on Mars sport cute titles that proudly announce their subject, such as Marooned on Mars, The Martian Race, or The Red Planet. Other times, they wear titles that are less revealing.

Here are ten books you wouldn’t know are set on Mars by reading the titles:

The Sword of Rhiannon (1953), by Leigh Brackett

Farewell, Earth’s Bliss (1966), by David G. Compton

The Valley Where Time Stood Still (1974), by Lin Carter

Birth of Fire (1976), by Jerry Pournelle

Frontera (1984), by Lewis Shiner

Desolation Road (1988), by Ian McDonald

The Specialist (1990), by Wynne Whiteford

Beachhead (1992), by Jack Williamson

Climbing Olympus (1994), by Kevin J. Anderson

Icebones (2002), by Stephen Baxter

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