Tuesday, November 10, 2009

All the colors of Mars: A list of 17 works

Many months ago, while perusing science writer Oliver Morton’s brilliant nonfiction work of scientific journalism, Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World (2002), I came across a footnote which mentioned some SF books about Mars that have the names of colors in the titles. Building on Morton's footnote, I've compiled “All the Colors of Mars: A List of 17 Works”:

White Mars, or, The Mind Set Free: A 21st-Century Utopia (1999), by Brain W. Aldiss and Roger Penrose

“A Whiter Mars: A Socratic Dialogue of Times to Come” (1995), by Brian W. Aldiss

Mars - The Red Planet (1990), by Mick Farren

“The Red Death of Mars” (1940), by Robert Moore Williams

Red Mars (1992), by Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Men of Mars (1950), by John Russell Fearn

“Red Slag of Mars” (1932), by Jack Williamson and Laurence Schwartzman

“Yellow Men of Mars” (1941), by Edgar Rice Burroughs

“Green Mars” (1985), by Kim Stanley Robinson

Green Mars (1994) by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Greening of Mars (1984), by Michael Allaby and James Lovelock

Blue Mars (1996), by Kim Stanley Robinson

“Purple Mars” (1999), by Kim Stanley Robinson

Beige Planet Mars (1998), by Lance Parkin and Mark Clapham

“Black Amazon of Mars” (1951), by Leigh Brackett

Black-Wings of Mars (1953), by Vargo Statten

Rainbow Mars (1999), by Larry Niven

It’s worth noting that “Ecopoiesis” (1997), by Geoffrey A. Landis, had a working title of “Brown Mars.” And, as Oliver Morton notes in Mapping Mars, the title “Magenta Mars” is still available!

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