One of the more interesting essays is “Where is Verne’s Mars?” by Terry Harpold. Establishing that the Red Planet is seldom discussed in the sixty-two novels and two collections of short stories that make up Jules Verne's Extraordinary Voyages (1863-1919) and that there is only one mention of Mars in Verne's published nonfiction, Harpold argues that Verne wasn’t much interested in the fourth planet. Why? “Should we be surprised that the most influential author of the scientific romance mostly ignored spaces that have become exemplary terrains of modern science fiction?”
Terry Harpold is Associate Professor of English, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Florida.