Friday, November 21, 2008

Results of New Scientist Magazine Sci-Fi Book Poll

New Scientist magazine’s “The Future of the Genre,” a special online feature devoted to science fiction, shines a ray of light on Mars. First, Martian Sci-Fi authors Stephen Baxter and Kim Stanley Robinson are two of the six authors who discuss the future of the science fiction genre. Second, Robinson's rainbow of Mars novels from the 1990s almost made the official Top 3 list of fan's all-time favorite science fiction books. And third, of the almost 700 fans who voted for their favorite book, these Mars-related works were mentioned:

Voyage (1996), by Stephen Baxter

Mars (2000), by Ben Bova

The Martian Chronicles (1950), by Ray Bradbury

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), by Philip K. Dick

Semper Mars (1998), by Ian Douglas

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), by Robert A. Heinlein

Mars Crossing (2000), by Geoffrey A. Landis

Out of the Silent Planet (1938), by C. S. Lewis

Mars trilogy (1992-1996), by Kim Stanley Robinson

Men, Martians and Machines (1955), by Eric Frank Russell

Ilium (2003), by Dan Simmons

Last and First Men (1930), by Olaf Stapledon

The Sirens of Titan (1959), by Kurt Vonnegut

A Martian Odyssey,” (1934), short story by Stanley G. Weinbaum

The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells

Note: The magazine cover pictured above has nothing to do with the book poll.

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