Monday, November 1, 2010

Shock and awe: Victorian bride exercises 2nd Amendment remedy against Martian

I have no clue whether the Magna Carta guarantees one the right to bear arms, but here’s an awfully shocking piece of Victorian era Mars art in which Lilla Zaidie, a newly wed British woman visiting the Red Planet with her husband, Rollo Lenox Smeaton Aubrey, Earl of Redgrave, on their honeymoon aboard the spaceship Astronef, exercises her Second Amendment remedy against a nine foot tall Martian.

It’s just one of several illustrations by English artist Stanley L. Wood (1866-1928) that appears in “The World of the War God”, a short story penned by British science fiction writer and noted explorer George Chetwynd Griffith (1857-1906) that was published in the February 1900 issue of Pearson’s Magazine (U.S.). The story was later packaged with Griffith’s other “Stories of Other Worlds” and published as a fix-up novel,  A Honeymoon in Space (London, 1901).

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