Monday, November 16, 2009

Freas Martian enjoys Doctorow launch at Merril Collection in Toronto

Dressed in a Gunner Cade shirt, blogger, copyright activist and SF author Cory Doctorow launched his latest novel, Makers (Tor 2009), this past weekend from the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy at the Toronto Public Library. As shown in this photograph posted on Doctorow’s blog, the well-known Martian painted by SF&F artist Kelly Freas seemed to enjoy the show.

Oddly, the Freas Martian is not usually associated with the writings of author Judith Merril, the “little mother of science fiction,” for whom the Merril Collection is named. Rather, it is usually associated with Frederic Brown’s humorous novella, "Martians, Go Home!" (1954), which was later expanded into the novel Martians, Go Home (1955).


Republibot 3.0 said...

I'm interested to know what other people think of "Martians, Go Home." People raved about it to me for decades, and when I finally got around to reading it, I found the ending to be disappointing enough to trash the whole book.

Paul said...

I haven't read it, but I'm not a big fan of humorous stories or novels. I blogged about one back in July: “What’s He Doing in There?” a 1957 short story by Fritz Leiber.