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posted on 2020-06-17, 00:00 authored by Alexandra RoginskiAlexandra Roginski, Zachary Kendal
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?

History

Title of book

Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets, by Joseph Fraser

Series

Colonial Australian Popular Fiction

Pagination

ix - xx

Publisher

Grattan Street Press

Place of publication

Melbourne

ISBN-13

9780987625397

ISBN-10

098762539X

Edition

New ed.

Language

eng

Notes

Source text: Joseph Fraser, Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets (Melbourne: E. W. Cole, [1889]).

Publication classification

BN Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin

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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