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The Martian Epic

by Octave Joncquel & Théo Varlet
adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

The Martian Epic, written in 1921, is a ground-breaking novel on several levels. First, as a sequel of sorts to H.-G. Wells' War of the Worlds, which is treated here as a prophetic vision heralding the all-out, destructive Martian attack of 1978. Second, as a post-cataclysmic epic, in which a handful of scientists battle hordes of cannibals and anarchists roaming a devastated Earth, while trying to rebuild its civilization. Finally, as a startlingly original cosmic saga, in which souls travel inward through the Solar System to end up one with the Sun--the true reason for the Martian invasion.

Cover by Arnaud Demaegd

Published by Black Coat Press in 2008
ISBN: 978-1-934543-41-2

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