Wednesday, January 19, 2011
1930's short story: "Exiles of Mars" by Frank K. Kelly
Thanks to the blog Crosseyed Cyclops, I just finished reading "Exiles of Mars," a romantic Hard SF health sciences short story penned by American reporter Frank K. Kelly, who later served as a speech writer for President Harry Truman, that was originally published in the Summer 1932 issue of Wonder Stories Quarterly magazine. Set on the Red Planet, the storyline revolves around two humans and two local inhabitants who labor in a subterranean complex beneath the Martian desert of En-o-Dah processing eca-radium in the fight against Cancer Four, the dreaded scourge of the solar system. The opening lines:
"Exiles of Mars" is a free read, but you have to download the whole pulp magazine in CBZ format in order to read it. Thanks to Tinko Valia of Variety SF for the tip!