||What if a meteorite dug up by a Colorado oil prospector
turned out to contain a mummified body believed to originate on Mars?
Initially written in 1864 as a hoax by the science correspondent of the
French newspaper Le Pays, An Inhabitant of Planet Mars immediately caught
the attention of Jules Verne's publisher who released it in an expanded
book version that included the minutes of the scientific commission summoned
to investigate the phenomenon.
Henri de Parville, a renowned 19th century scientific journalist, broke
new ground regarding the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. By
keeping his straightforward narrative to a minimum, he achieved a striking
combination of quasi-non-fiction and speculative ambition, developing
a theory of life and the universe that was remarkably ahead of his time.
Cover by Sylvain
Published by Black Coat Press in 2008