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Future WarsThe Anticipations and the Fears$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317552

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317224

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From Invasion to Liberation: Alternative Visions of Mars, Planet of War

From Invasion to Liberation: Alternative Visions of Mars, Planet of War

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(p.66) 4. From Invasion to Liberation: Alternative Visions of Mars, Planet of War
Source:
Future Wars
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Robert Crossley

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846317552.003.0005

This chapter explores the changing treatment of Mars as a planet of war in science fiction. Revolutionary fervour in the early twentieth century gave impetus to literary conceptions of Mars as a venue for liberationist unrest. By the middle of the century, especially in fiction published in the United States, Mars was often conceived as a frontier world whose hardy pioneering colonists harkened back to earlier eras of American history, embodying the ethos of white settlers in the continental West and re-enacting the rebellion of the founders of the United States against their distant European masters. In the final decade of the twentieth century, the revolutionary line of Martian fiction underwent another iteration, when the prospects of settling Mars in the near future and of undertaking its terraformation seemed bright.

Keywords:   future-war fiction, Mars, Martian fiction, science fiction, planet of war

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