Introduction

Roginski, Alexandra and Kendal, Zachary 2020, IntroductionMelbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets, by Joseph Fraser, Grattan Street Press, Melbourne, pp.ix-xx.

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Title Introduction
Author(s) Roginski, Alexandra
Kendal, ZacharyORCID iD for Kendal, Zachary orcid.org/0000-0002-7577-0726
Title of book Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets, by Joseph Fraser
Publication date 2020
Series Colonial Australian Popular Fiction
Start page ix
End page xx
Total pages 12
Publisher Grattan Street Press
Place of Publication Melbourne
Keyword(s) utopia
science fiction
nineteenth-century literature
Australian literature
socialism
Summary When editor Joseph Fraser is asked to publish the diaries of a local merchant, he can hardly believe what he is reading. Adam Jacobs has been leading a strange double life: split between the harsh struggles of colonial Melbourne, and the wonders of a technologically advanced, harmonious existence on Mars – where diminutive ‘Martials’ promenade along clean streets, travel in flying machines, and enjoy bountiful produce. Here nature is contained, and social order is complete. 
 
Originally published in 1889, Melbourne and Mars is at once a fascinating early example of Australian science fiction and a utopian socialist manifesto. It dreams of a society without money, social disadvantage or crime; where free education, electricity, and everyday comforts are provided to all. As we astro-travel with the narrator between the opposing realities, the question emerges: how will Adam Jacobs reconcile his different worlds?
Notes Source text: Joseph Fraser, Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets (Melbourne: E. W. Cole, [1889]).
ISBN 098762539X
9780987625397
Edition New ed.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Copyright notice ©Introduction and note on the text copyright Alexandra Roginski and Zachary Kendal 2020. Series introduction copyright Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver 2020.
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