Short Stories - 1900s, 1910s, 1920s


The World of the War God 
George Chetwynd Griffith
Pearson’s Magazine (February 1900)
For their honeymoon Rollo Lenox Smeaton Aubrey, Earl of Redgrave, and his bride, Lilla Zaidie, leave Earth on a visit to the moon and the planets, their only companion being Andrew Murgatroyd, an old engineer who had overseen the building of the Astronef, in which the journey is made. Their adventures on Mars are described here, in the second story of the series, which was published as a fix-up novel, A Honeymoon in Space (1901).

H. G. Bishop
The Railroad Trainman (September 1909)
Amazing Stories (February 1927)
Tells of an incident on an Earth-to-Mars passenger trip.

F. H. Sidney
Overland Monthly (May 1919)


My Message to Mars
Clement Fezandié
Electrical Experimenter (July 1920)
Reads less like a story and more like a lecture in interplanetary communication. The narrator tells of how he contacts a Martian via radio and then explains how he teaches the Martian our numbers, alphabet, etc.

Austin Hall
Amazing Stories (April 1926)
Strange globes of force appear across the world, removing chunks of land and ocean. The globes were sent by Martians, who are trying to steal Earth's water resources. The man who saves the Earth is Charles Huyck, who figures out how to disable the globes. Originally published in December 13, 1919 issue of All-Story Weekly magazine.

The Electronic Wall
Geo. R. Fox
Amazing Stories (June 1927)
Martians abduct servicemen from the U.S. Navy's Woodrow Wilson to alleviate a male shortage on the Red Planet.

The Fate of the Poseidonia
Clare Winger Harris
Amazing Stories (June 1927)
A woman aboard the captured space liner Poseidonia is taken to the Red Planet amid a clandestine campaign by Martians to steal Earth’s water.

The Retreat to Mars
Cecil B. White
Amazing Stories (August 1927)
An archaeologist discovers documents and artifacts from an advanced but deceased Martian civilization buried in the dark of Africa.

The Return of the Martians
Cecil B. White
Amazing Stories (April 1928)
Sequel to “The Retreat to Mars” (1927)