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EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS (1898): PART FOUR

Edison's Conquest of Mars 4Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of Garrett P Serviss’ odd sequel to Fighters From Mars, his blatant imitation of War of the Worlds.

PART FOUR

Garrett Serviss (our narrator), Thomas Edison and Earth’s space fleet of 100 ships descended to the moon. The plan was to effect repairs to the ship damaged by its collision with a meteor and bury the men killed in the accident.  

The fleet landed at Cape Heraclides because the expedition discovered the ruins of an ancient watchtower there. The size of each stone in the ruins was equal to an entire house back on Earth. The long-dead race on the moon were apparently gigantic. In a solemn ceremony the dead astronauts were buried in the lunar soil with that enormous monument also marking their resting place.  Continue reading

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EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS (1898): PART THREE

Edison's Conquest of MarsBalladeer’s Blog continues its examination of Garrett P Serviss’ odd sequel to Fighters From Mars, his blatant imitation of War of the Worlds.

PART THREE

Edison and Serviss, with help from scientists like Lord Rayleigh, Sylvanus P Thompson and Doctor Moissan, oversaw the construction of the Earth’s space fleet. Within six months one hundred space ships were ready for action, all of them equipped with Edison’s disintegrator rays. Those rays could be fired from within the ships by going straight through the windows without damaging them. Their frequency could be adjusted so as not to harm glass but still disintegrate metal.  

In the style of Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt each of the spacecraft would carry not just military forces but archaeologists, artists and scientists of all disciplines. There was a certain level of anticipation regarding the discoveries that might be made in the course of conductng the war on Mars.  Continue reading

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EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS (1898): PART TWO

Edison's Conquest of Mars 3Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of Garrett P Serviss’ odd sequel to Fighters From Mars, his blatant imitation of War of the Worlds.

PART TWO

The word from astronomers around the globe indicated that the Martians were making preparations for another attack on the Earth. Panic spread rapidly and a rash of suicides made the news.

Meanwhile America’s Thomas Edison was leading an international team of scientists including Kelvin and Roentgen. The scientists succeeded in reverse-engineering the space-ships of the Martians and proved that the people of Earth could replicate them and form a space fleet of their own. In addition Edison created a disintegrator ray based on concepts from Martian technology. 

In a daring test flight Edison and a select crew flew their first spaceship to the moon, landed and returned to the Earth before informing the world that there was hope that humanity could fight the Martians on equal terms this time. Within days most of the world’s leaders decided on holding a summit with President McKinley in Washington, DC to lay out a strategy for constructing a space fleet armed with Edison’s disintegrating weapons.    Continue reading

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EDISON’S CONQUEST OF MARS (1898)

Edison's Conquest of MarsA new serialized feature begins here at Balladeer’s Blog! Plenty of regular readers expressed interest in one of the works of “ancient” science fiction that I touched on awhile back – Edison’s Conquest of Mars by Garrett P Serviss.

That book was the sequel to Serviss’ earlier novel Fighters From Mars (also from 1898) which was, shall we say … reminiscent … of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. Oh, hell, it was basically the same story but was set mostly in Boston, MA. 

Too late Edison learned the awful price to be paid for repeatedly asking if his bikini made him look fat.

Too late Edison learned the awful price to be paid for repeatedly asking if his bikini made him look fat.

Edison’s Conquest of Mars featured the people of Earth reverse- engineering the spacecraft of the defeated Martians. Humanity then constructed a fleet of its own and set off for Mars to kick the Martians’ butts for trying to conquer our planet. 

The lead scientist of the expedition was none other than Thomas Alva Edison himself, accompanied by plenty of other real-life scientists and world leaders. Yes, copyright and personal licensing laws back then weren’t quite what they are today so Garrett P Serviss got away with what amounted to a massive work of fan fiction … if fan fiction was about real-life scientists and political figures. (And no, I’m not counting slash fiction about Stephen Hawking, you perverts.)  Continue reading

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