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TRR: Episode 77, “If We Could Move to Mars”



Mars has always captivated the mind and imagination of Man. Here we have an essay written by Garrett P. Serviss, who, like Percival Lowell, was a legitimate astronomer, but that did not keep them from wild flights of fancy regarding what we may one day find on The Red Planet.

“If We Could Move to Mars” (1896) by Garrett P. Serviss

The Reader

TRT: 20:20

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TRR: Episode 52, “The Masked World”



Jack Williamson wrote science fiction stories from the 1920’s until his death in 2006. He was known for writing in a realistic style that won many admirers in the genre, including a young Issac Asimov.

In this episode, we’ll hear one of his short stories from the August 1963 issue of “Worlds of Tomorrow” magazine.

“The Masked World” (1963) by Jack Williamson

The Reader

TRT: 15:16

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TRR: Episode 40, “Ursa Minor”



Poor little Ursa Minor, so worthy of our respect, but so overshadowed by his more famous companion, Ursa Major. Just like people in everyday life, which is the topic of Zephine Humphrey’s essay about the marginalized little constellation.

“Ursa Minor” (1913) by Zephine Humphrey

The Reader

TRT: 28:07

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TRR: Episode 24, “Celestial Visitors”



Comets, once poetically (though inaccurately), called “wandering stars,” have had a profound impact upon the history of our world and its civilizations. In this episode, we take a look at early theories of what a comet was made of, where they came from, and their purpose in the minds of people generations before the Rosetta probe and its Philae lander.

“Aether and Gravitation” (1903) by William George Hooper
“Comets and Meteors” (1873) by Daniel Kirkwood
“The Comet” by Irving Sidney Dix
A quotation of Mark Twain (1909)
“The Story of the Solar System” (1895) by George F. Chambers
“Could a Comet Strike the Earth?” from “Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel” (1883) by Ignatius Donnelly
“The Song of a Comet” by Clark Ashton Smith

The Reader
TRT: 28:56

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TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”



Water has possibly been discovered on Mars, but this is not a new question. The question of water on the planet was at the center of the debate surrounding Percival Lowell’s Martian canals. In this episode of The Reader Reads, we explore the theories of water on Mars in Lowell’s time, as well as other Mars-related works of fiction.

Excerpts from “Is Mars Habitable?” by Alfred Russel Wallace (1907)
“Mars and Its Mysteries” by Edward Sylvester Morse (1906)
“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
“Roll On, Sad World!’ by Frederick Goddard Tuckerman
An excerpt from “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells (1898)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 6, “The Red Planet”
TRT: 30:10

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