Monday, February 15, 2010

“Mars is -- Hell!” a 1950 promotional piece by Forrest J Ackerman

Over at the Internet Archive, you can read or download the November 1950 issue of Planet Stories magazine, which contains “Mars is -- Hell!” a humorous promotional piece written by the late Forrest J Ackerman for the film Rocketship X-M (1950). Here are the opening lines of Ackerman's promo:

ACCORDING to an often reprinted story by Ray Bradbury, "Mars Is Heaven,” but according to the new scientifilm, Rocketship X-M, Mars is quite the opposite; in fact, the Warrior Planet is found to have lived up to its name, and an atomic Armageddon has destroyed its civilization! ...

“Mars is -- Hell!” was reprinted in Martianthology (2003), an anthology compiled by Ackerman and edited by Anne Hardin.

Pictured: Promotional poster for Rocketship X-M.

[via Tinkoo Valia of Variety SF]

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