The Red Planet in Fiction

NASA's twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have spent the last few months rolling through the dust on Mars — so how far are we from walking on the red planet? How much of our motivation to go to Mars originated in our imaginations, fueled by science fiction authors, like Ray Bradbury? In this hour, we continue our broadcast from the new Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, as we talk about Mars science fiction and science fact — from the real-life Martian rovers to stories about life on the Red Planet.


Donna Shirley
*Former manager, NASA's Mars Exploration Program
*Director, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

Gregory Benford
*Nebula Award winner
*Author of The Martian Race and Timescape
*Professor of plasma physics and astrophysics at the University of California, Irvine

Greg Bear
*Chair on the advisory panel of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
*Nebula Award winner
*Hugo Award winner
*Author of Moving Mars, Darwin's Children and Dead Lines

Albert Haldemann
*Deputy project scientist, Mars Exploration Rover *Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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