- War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
- Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- The Martian Race by Gregory Benford
- The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
- Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
This book list includes some of the most famous Mars or Martian stories in science fiction. From War of the Worlds to The Martian Chronicles, these books feature the red planet prominently.
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War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is a novel that features an invasion of England by Martians. The novel was first published in 1898, and it has been adapted for film and television multiple times.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. The title refers to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Europe, an interstellar travel guide published by the fictional character Ford Prefect. In the story, Ford Prefect escapes Earth just before it is destroyed to make way for a hyperspatial express route. He hitches a ride on an alien spacecraft and ends up on Mars, where he meets a group of refugees from Earth. Together, they try to figure out what happened to their home planet and how they can get back there.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury is a science fiction book that features Mars and Martians. The story is set in the future when humans have colonized Mars and are struggling to get along with the native Martians. The book focuses on the conflicts between the two groups and the different ways they view the planet.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s The Martian is a science fiction novel that features Mars and Martians. The novel was published in 2011 and was a critical and commercial success.
The Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
The Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein is a science fiction novel that features Mars as a central setting. The novel tells the story of a group of American astronauts who are sent to Mars to help establish a colony there. Upon their arrival, they discover that the planet is inhabited by intelligent life forms known as Martians. The novel explores the differences between the two cultures and ultimately asks the question of whether or not humans and Martians can coexist peacefully.
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the most well-known Mars-based science fiction books. It is the sequel to the highly successful Red Mars and features a brilliant, yet often brutal, exploration of the colonization of Mars.
The Martian Race by Gregory Benford
The Martian Race by Gregory Benford is a hard science fiction book about a race to be the first human on Mars. The book explores the challenges of interplanetary travel and the human desire to be the first to explore new frontiers.
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells was first published in 1901. It tells the story of a journey to the moon by two Englishmen, one a scientist and the other his business partner. They find that the moon is inhabited by a race of intelligent beings who have created a society with its own laws and customs. The novel includes themes of exploration, colonialism, and conflict between science and religion.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of the earliest examples of a work that features Mars or Martians. In the book, a group of explorers travel to the core of the planet, where they find an advanced civilization of Martians. The Martian civilization is far more advanced than our own, and the explorers are able to learn a great deal from them. The book is considered to be one of Verne’s finest works, and it remains popular to this day.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Published in 1870, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story follows French Professor Pierre Aronnax and his assistant Conseil, who are on an expedition to find a giant sea monster. They eventually find themselves prisoner aboard the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by the enigmatic Captain Nemo.
During their journey, Aronnax and Conseil discover that Captain Nemo is from an advanced civilization on Mars. He has been living on Earth for many years, but has grown to hate humanity. The Nautilus eventually ends up on the lost city of Atlantis, which is also inhabited by Martians.
Aronnax and Conseil eventually escape from the Nautilus and make it back to Earth. They tell everyone about their adventures, but nobody believes them.