Yesterday was Red Planet Day and on Saturday, NASA launched a new Mars rover (Curiosity) into space, which will reach the Red Planet in August of 2012. Humans have always wondered if there is (or was) life on Mars and this new rover is going to try to answer that question.
To learn more about Mars and the possibility of life on other planets, try these books:
- Life on the edge : amazing creatures thriving in extreme environments by Michael Gross (578.4 Gro) — Examines life forms that live in extreme environments that scientists had previously thought were uninhabitable, including the antarctic ice, hot springs, and on Mars.
- Mars by Giles Sparrow (523.43 Spa) — This book describes Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, and discusses the formation of Mars, the Martian landscape, and the investigations of Mars by space probes.
- A look at Mars by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser (523.43 Spa) — This book discusses the history of human ideas about Mars, its geology and moons, and the planet’s possibilities of sustaining life.
- Strangers in the night : a brief history of life on other worlds by David E. Fisher and Marshall Jon Fisher (576.8 Fis) — Tells the story of the attempts to discover life on other planets and galaxies.
Mars has also been a favorite of science fiction writers. Check out these classic Martian novels:
- The war of the worlds by H. G. Wells (FIC Wells) — An intellectually-superior race from Mars invades the Earth with plans to enslave human beings.
- A princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (FIC Burroughs) — Suddenly projected to Mars, John Carter found himself a captive of the savage green men of Thark. Dejah Thoris, lovely Princess of Helium, is also a captive. A thousand miles lay between them and rescue.
- The Martian chronicles by Ray Bradbury (FIC Bradbury) — A collection of stories describing repeated attempts by humans to colonize Mars.
Other Mars books in our collection (not all of which have to do with the planet) are:
- Life on Mars : tales from the new frontier : an original science fiction anthology (FIC Life) — A collection of thirteen stories that explore the possibility of life on Mars.
- Mars vol. 1-3 by Fuyumi Soryo (GN FIC Soryo) — An epic romance that spans 15 volumes, Mars is one of Japan’s most popular teen girl comics ever.
- An anthropologist on Mars : seven paradoxical tales by Oliver Sacks (616.8 Sac)
- Men are from Mars, women are from Venus : a practical guide for improving communication and getting what you want in your relationships by John Gray (646.7 Gra) — How to counteract differences between the sexes in communication styles, emotional needs, and behavior to promote greater understanding between partners.