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grommet3728 Apr 2014 1:45 p.m. PST

HG Wells? ERB? Otis Adelbert Kline? Leigh Brackett? Ray Bradbury? Michael Moorcock?

Also have you attempted to map the planet, and if so, have you tried to accommodate the works of more than one author (for instance ERB/OAK with Brackett/Moorcock)?

I'll be doing some science-fantasy/VSF at the end of my NF/SF mega-campaign, and one of the locales will be Old Mars. Interested in hearing what others have done.

Tommy2028 Apr 2014 2:11 p.m. PST

You left out Frank Chadwick…

Coelacanth28 Apr 2014 4:38 p.m. PST

I would be partial to Bradbury, but you probably shouldn't limit yourself to just one. Don't forget Roger Zelazny's 1964 novella, "A Rose for Ecclesiastes"; and C.L. Moore's "Northwest Smith" stories (1933-36).

Percival Lowell's maps of Mars are available on Wikimedia Commons: link


P.S. Good luck with your project!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2014 6:09 p.m. PST

For my invaders from Mars, I use the background from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen II, with John Carter and Wells mixture.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian28 Apr 2014 6:55 p.m. PST

H.Beam Piper and C.M. Cornbluth too

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2014 6:32 a.m. PST

Go with Lowell's maps, as most of the authors listed above used them for the basis of their Mars geography.

corporalpat29 Apr 2014 8:08 a.m. PST

My favorite is ERB. This is mostly because of my collection of Black Hat's Martian Empires range. I usually mix in some Wells, and a dash of Verne technology. So, why not blend the various concepts of Mars?

billthecat07 May 2014 1:21 p.m. PST

C.S. Lewis… (Malacandra?)

Although for Gaming I prefer something between E.R.B. and H.G.Wells…

Now what about MOON-MEN ?

mrinku08 May 2014 10:19 p.m. PST

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (volume 2) managed to mash pretty much all of those and more into the one planet :)

Per Flintloque, I prefer Space:1889. Which is more Barsoomian than anything else, I guess.

DLIinVSF09 May 2014 2:31 a.m. PST

For me it's Space 1889 from Frank Chadwick , colonial style games in space with as much or as little Sci-Fi aspects as you like. The main aliens in the background are Martians who while alien are also close enough to humans to relate to like the Red Martians in the John Carter stories. The background can be found in reasonable pdf formats now and are often on offer. New material is also coming to the market from new sources.

kmfrye12 May 2014 7:32 a.m. PST

I second DLI (and third Flintloque): you would be hard pressed to find such a well written, consistent and ready-for-use world template as Space:1889.

For those who still want glorious paper, there's Heliograph Ltd. and eBay.

Best regards,
Keith F

Knockman18 May 2014 11:54 a.m. PST

Another vote for Mr Chadwick's Space:1889.

TheBeast20 May 2014 9:15 a.m. PST

I vacillate something fierce 'twixt six-limbed, and psuedo-Elf, Martians.

Have the same problem with Venus, parrotmen vs. bipedal lizards.

Not that you can't mix-and-match…

Selenites? I'm good with insects who walk upright, but saucer-eyed greys could be satisfying, as well.


grommet3721 May 2014 2:30 p.m. PST

Good suggestions. C.S. Lewis' Out of the Silent Planet had a huge influence on me as a 12-year-old.

I'll definitely look into some of these others, as well.


grommet3723 May 2014 4:22 a.m. PST

I am slowly working my way through this.


Gardner Dozois is one of my favorite editors.

Cacique Caribe31 May 2014 5:32 a.m. PST

I'm leaning more to a Bradbury meets ERB Mars …

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Gonefromhere31 May 2014 11:15 a.m. PST

I'm very much in the Chadwick camp, but I've decided that I just have to add greenies with 6 limbs … link

kmfrye01 Jun 2014 1:40 p.m. PST

I mentioned on your blog that some of the adventure modules from the original Space:1889 series tell of an older race, once controlling Mars.

Six armed greenies could be an example of their handiwork.

Keith F.

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