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I say this a lot about being a “big fan of things“ but I really am!

Case in point i really love the john carter of mars books and the depiction of them by frank frazetta. Even though the books were mostly strip mined for ideas by like a billion more recognizable works (Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, etc) to the point that the original work seems cliche, there’s still quite a lot to love for a guy who never really grew up.

What guy wouldn’t want to be John Carter who travels between planets, gains powers, fights aliens, and wins the heart of a beautiful mostly naked princess?

So I drew this bit of Dejah Thoris overlooking the kingdom of Helium awaiting John to “return home“ where he belongs.

Also Ray Bradbury and Carl Sagan are huge fans of the work. Listen to sagan nerd out on the books.

The people who support Tamir Rice getting shot to death in 1.7 seconds with no warning, the people who applaud a grown man beating the hell out of a helpless teenage girl, the people who will never once blink an eye at Israeli forces bombing the shit out of a Palestinian hospital and killing scared, running, screaming kids on a beach are the people who were born without souls. Let’s be honest about that.

They try and fake it. They try and keep up appearances. But, ultimately, they just can’t. 

Evil is, in its own way, rather pathetically weak. It exposes itself so damn easily.


Andy Weir’s Favorite Books Set on Mars

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Written way back in 1917, this book defined a genre of storytelling and inspired some of the greatest sci-fi authors of the 20th century. Follow Civil War veteran John Carter in the first of his many adventures on Barsoom (what the locals call Mars). He punches and sword-fights his way across the planet, eventually winning the heart of the Martian princess. It just doesn’t get any more pulpy than this fun romp.

Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein

Two human boys at a boarding school on Mars discover a sinister plot. They have to travel overland on the harsh world to warn their home city of impending danger. Along the way, they have adventures, meet helpful Martians, and just generally do everything they can to survive. It’s one of Heinlein’s earliest works (only his fourth novel) and is considered by many to be the first of his novels to truly stand out for its excellent storytelling.

Mars by Ben Bova

Definitely the most scientifically accurate and plausible story on this list, Mars is about the first manned mission to the red planet. Numerous problems plague the mission and threaten the very lives of the astronauts, while their own personal interactions provide an interesting insight into the psychology of explorers.

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Red Mars is basically a political thriller set on Mars. Taking place in a severely unpleasant future where Earth is overrun by corporations that have more power than nations, the colonization of Mars leads quickly to a full-scale war between the two worlds, with disastrous consequences.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Perhaps the most famous book about Mars ever written. This collection of short stories revolves around the colonization of Mars by humans and their interactions with the native Martians who already live there. From mass murder to hopeful renewal, The Martian Chronicles explores the good and bad sides of how colonization actually works.