"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908. Robert D. Braine.
"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908
"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908
"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908
"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908

"Messages from Mars" - science fiction novel serialized in Health magazine, February 1907 - August 1908

New York: Health Publishing Co., 1907-1908. 19 issues, each issue 10 inches tall, wraps, generally good to very good, some wear and soil. Braine's "Messages from Mars" is meted out a few pages at a time over a year and a half; it was first published in book form in 1892 and that edition is very rare on the market. We don't know why this particular magazine picked it up to serialize fifteen years later, but there you have it. The British Library, which has a copy, summarizes the plot as follows: "A man shipwrecked on an undiscovered island finds plants which have lens leaves, so optically powerful that they have enabled communication between the island’s inhabitants and Mars. A description of Mars shows a mixture of utopian and dystopian features: after a disastrous war involving aircraft, poison gas and deadly microbes, the ‘Martial’ people have settled down to a semi-socialist civilisation, technologically in advance of earth. They live on a centrally-distributed elixir called Sardindrac, ruled by the most virtuous inhabitant (chosen by machine), and have abandoned speech in favour of colour-coded eye contact." Health magazine also included articles on sport, women, dieting, vegetarianism, naturopathy, etc., including Winifred Fales and C. Gilbert Percival on sports for women, and sometimes oddball articles rife with pseudo-science, such as "The Solar Fluid as a Healing Agent" and "Electro Psychics" that possibly paved the way for the magazine to include early science fiction among its offerings. Good. Item #H15318

Price: $225.00

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