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  •  Cluros and Thuria (9+ / 0-)

    Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a number of tales set on  Planet Mars, which he in turn called Barsoom, whose two moons were Thuria, Mad Queen of the Night, the larger and faster one, and small but stately Cluros.

    I repeatedly visited Barsoom, despite plots, situations, characters, and even illustrations that got progressively pathetic over time, simply for sharing Burroughs' vision of maritime-influenced airships sailing in a sky under the two majestic moons -- investigating new wonders of this extravagantly vivid civilization, re-imagined after Percival Lowell, and watching out for those multiple-limbed creatures lurking in the red ocher landscapes.

    Nowadays, we have a camera complex roving on actual Planet Mars, with regularly scheduled shots of Phobos and Deimos -- sometimes in eclipse, or in conjunction with each other, the sun, the planets, and the stars!

    After that fancy sky-crane landing, the plots of Curiosity's stories may move a little slow, but they're real, and accessible.

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    by MT Spaces on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:07:48 PM PDT

    •  This sounds really great (4+ / 0-)
      simply for sharing Burroughs' vision of maritime-influenced airships sailing in a sky under the two majestic moons -- investigating new wonders of this extravagantly vivid civilization
      I missed reading these.

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      by cfk on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:15:56 PM PDT

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      •  Kind of like Oz Books ... (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        cfk, Limelite, Radiowalla, Robert Fuller

        ... in that the sub-world has an identity of its own.

        The first three Mars books are PULP classics with enormous High-Adventure Conquering Hero empire-destroying homicidal energy.

        Tarzan was a bigger success, however and ERB eventually pounded out 25 Tarzan books, all of which relied on Faux-jungle settings to obfuscate the pulpy adventures.

        There were ten Mars books in all, but they got odder and odder over time. Some might recommend Chessmen of Mars as an example, but I only suggest the last seven for people who possess an abundance of High-Pulp Tolerance.

        The last short story Burroughs wrote about Barsoom was Skeleton Men of Jupiter (1943) -- didn't just off-shore it, but went off-planet!

        Millions of us – the majority – must come together to insist that President Obama and the Democrats stand up and fight for the things we sent them there to do ... Michael Moore

        by MT Spaces on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:50:16 PM PDT

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    •  Watched NASA Channel Other Day (5+ / 0-)

      all about the Mars "roverbot" that is seeking out its own path across the landscape to a particular mountain, photographing, videoing, and data sampling as it goes.  It even examines its own wear and tear on its wheels.  Should be at its destination very soon if not recently.  Talk about setting. . .utterly fascinating!

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      by Limelite on Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 06:17:18 PM PDT

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