Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Science fiction on Mars:
A glass CD loaded with literary, visual and audio science fiction works about the red planet was strapped to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif. said Friday. Called the "Visions of Mars" library, the 3.2-inch (8-centimeter) disk also contains more than 250,000 names of the organization's members and space exploration enthusiasts.

...The CD contains 161 novels and stories, 63 pieces of artwork and four radio broadcasts related to Mars, totaling 1.43 gigabytes of data.

Inlcluded in the works are H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" and even Thomas Disch's "The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars."

Kim Stanley Robinson, a popular science fiction writer, said he is thrilled to have his short novella "Green Mars" included on the CD.

"The idea that I'm part of the first library on Mars ... is really a fulfilling moment," Robinson said.
(Via Gravity Lens.)