Last year, the History channel aired a mockumentary about the "Great Martian War" of 1913-1917. The real treat is the videos of the battles, which places War of the Worlds-style walkers in real footage from World War I.
Today, we have rovers busily studying the surface of Mars, but 100 years ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to believe that intelligent Martians occupied the Red Planet, and 100 years before that, visions of Moon dwellers danced in many people's heads. Where did these ideas of nearby intelligent extraterrestrials come…
Back in 1912, The Salt Lake Tribune shared this awesome piece of crazy speculation with its readers. An enormous eyeball plant on the surface of Mars!
Clusters of craters can resemble all kinds of everyday objects. On the surface of giant asteroid Vesta, for example, three craters positioned in a line give rise to a terrestrial formation commonly known as "Snowman". In the photo featured up top, three craters in "superposition" bear a striking resemblance to one…
Science fiction is overrun with Martians, from monstrous invaders to shapeshifting superheroes to Santa-kidnapping buffoons. To make sense of over a century's worth of Martians, we present this grid ranking scifi Martians on their goodness and just how alien they are (click to expand).
The new Mars Needs Mom trailer starts with such promise and great zombie banter. Until the rapping starts: "Can't even tell, is that a boy or a girl? They look so nasty, make a robot hurl!" (Cue barfing robot.)
You might not have been paying attention to the animated movie of Berkeley Breathed's Mars Needs Moms — but this fiery, insane concept art may change your mind. Check out some more luscious concept art of the film's dangerous locations — and hope that they're not coming for your mom next. [via Stitch Kingdom]
In 1962, Topps released the pulpy Mars Attacks bubblegum card series, which would eventually inspire the 1996 film. Now, the original cards are being reprinted as art prints, so you can enjoy the skull-faced invasion in your living room.
Is Stranger in a Stranger Land by Robert Heinlein the Catcher in the Rye for the science-fiction set? Yes, I think you could say that about the 1962 Hugo winner in one important sense.
He was the man who launched a thousand imaginary rocketships to Mars — in the nineteenth century, before anybody knew the word "Martian" and War of the Worlds hadn't been written yet. Percival Lowell, a wealthy Bostonian, spent his youth traveling Japan and Korea before having a nervous breakdown and recovering by…
Capitalism triumphs again in this cartoon from a novelty ink blotter dating to the 1950s. Ink blotters, by the way, were absorbent cards used to soak up excess ink from your fountain pen. Thanks to the invention of the ballpoint, they were a dying technology when this one, celebrating future technology, was printed.
The 1964 holiday film Santa Claus Conquers The Martians has the distinction of constantly being named one of the worst films ever made. It also contains the acting debut of Pia Zadora, although that may be unrelated to its critical status. Instead this film was all about bringing "freedom" to poor Martian children…