Moskowitz Sam - Under the Moons of Mars / Московиц Сэм - Под лунами Марса [1970, EPUB, ENG]

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Under the Moons of Mars / Под лунами Марса
Название: Under the Moons of Mars / Под лунами Марса
Год выпуска: 1970
Под редакцией: Moskowitz Sam / Московиц Сэм
SBN: 03-081858-3
Формат: EPUB
Качество: OCR
Язык: английский

Полностью книга назвается: Under the Moons of Mars: A History and Anthology of "the Scientific Romance" in the Munsey Magazines, 1912-1920 / Под лунами Марса: история и антология научной фантастики в журналах Манси в 1912-1920 гг.
Она включает статью "История научной фантастики в журналах Манси в 1912-1920 гг.", 5 крупных фрагментов научно-фантастических романов и 4 рассказа и повести, выбранных Московицем из журналов Манси.
PREFACE / Предисловие
UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS / Принцесса Марса (фрагмент романа) Edgar Rice Burroughs (The All-Story Magazine, February-July, 1912)
DARKNESS AND DAWN / Мрак и рассвет (фрагмент романа) George Allan England (The Cavalier and the Scrap Book, January [undated]-January 20, 1912)
POLARIS OF THE SNOWS / Поларис из Снежной Страны (фрагмент романа) Charles B. Stilson (All-Story Weekly, December 18, 1915-January 1, 1916)
PALOS OF THE DOG STAR PACK Палос из Звезной Стаи (фрагмент романа) J. U. Giesy (All-Story Weekly, July 13-August 10, 1918)
FRIEND ISLAND / Остров — друг (рассказ) Francis Stevens (All-Story Weekly, September 7, 1918)
THE MOON POOL / Лунная заводь (рассказ) A. Merritt (All-Story Weekly, June 22, 1918)
THE GIRL IN THE GOLDEN ATOM / Девушка из золотого атома (рассказ) Ray Cummings (All-Story Weekly, March 15, 1919)
THE MAD PLANET / Безумная плпнета (повесть) Murray Leinster (The Argosy, June 12, 1920)
THE BLIND SPOT / Слепое пятно (фрагмент романа) Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint (Argosy All Story Weekly, May 14-June 18, 1921)
A HISTORY OF "THE SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE" IN THE MUNSEY MAGAZINES, 1912-1920 / История научной фантастики в журналах Манси в 1912-1920 гг. Sam Moskowitz

I OPENED MY eyes upon a strange and weird landscape. I knew that I was on Mars; not once did I question either my sanity or my wakefulness. I was not asleep, no need for pinching here; my inner consciousness told me as plainly that I was upon Mars as your conscious mind tells you that you are upon Earth. You do not question the fact; neither did I.
I found myself lying prone upon a bed of yellowish, moss-like vegetation which stretched around me in all directions for interminable miles. I seemed to be lying in a deep, circular basin, along the outer verge of which I could distinguish the irregularities of low hills.
It was midday, the sun was shining full upon me and the heat of it was rather intense upon my naked body, yet no greater than would have been true under similar conditions on an Arizona desert. Here and there were slight outcroppings of quartz-bearing rock which glistened in the sunlight; and a little to my left, perhaps a hundred yards, appeared a low, walled enclosure about four feet in height. No water, and no other vegetation than the moss was in evidence, and as I was somewhat thirsty I determined to do a little exploring.
Springing to my feet I received my first Martian surprise, for the effort, which on Earth would have brought me standing upright, carried me into the Martian air to the height of about three yards. I alighted softly upon the ground, however, without appreciable shock or jar. Now commenced a series of evolutions which even then seemed ludicrous in the extreme. I found that I must learn to walk all over again, as the muscular exertion which carried me easily and safely upon Earth played strange antics with me upon Mars.
Instead of progressing in a sane and dignified manner, my attempts to walk resulted in a variety of hops which took me clear of the ground a couple of feet at each step and landed me sprawling upon my face or back at the end of each second or third hop. My muscles, perfectly attuned and accustomed to the force of gravity on Earth, played the mischief with me in attempting for the first time to cope with the lesser gravitation and lower air pressure on Mars.
I was determined, however, to explore the low structure which was the only evidence of habitation in sight, and so I hit upon the unique plan of reverting to first principles in locomotion, creeping. I did fairly well at this and in a few moments had reached the low, encircling wall of the enclosure.
There appeared to be no doors or windows upon the side nearest me, but as the wall was but about four feet high I cautiously gained my feet and peered over the top upon the strangest sight it had ever been given me to see.
The roof of the enclosure was of solid glass about four or five inches in thickness, and beneath this were several hundred large eggs, perfectly round and snowy white. The eggs were nearly uniform in size being about two and one-half feet in diameter.
Five or six had already hatched and the grotesque caricatures which sat blinking in the sunlight were enough to cause me to doubt my sanity. They seemed mostly head, with little scrawny bodies, long necks and six legs, or, as I afterward learned, two legs and two arms, with an intermediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs. Their eyes were set at the extreme sides of their heads a trifle above the center and protruded in such a manner that they could be directed either forward or back and also independently of each other, thus permitting this queer animal to look in any direction, or in two directions at once, without the necessity of turning the head.
The ears, which were slightly above the eyes and closer together, were small, cup-shaped antennae, protruding not more than an inch on these young specimens. Their noses were but longitudinal slits in the center of their faces, midway between their mouths and ears.
There was no hair on their bodies, which were of a very light yellowish-green color. In the adults, as I was to learn quite soon, this color deepens to an olive green and is darker in the male than in the female. Further, the heads of the adults are not so out of proportion to their bodies as in the case of the young.
The iris of the eyes is blood red, as in Albinos, while the pupil is dark. The eyeball itself is very white, as are the teeth. These latter add a most ferocious appearance to an otherwise fearsome and terrible countenance, as the lower tusks curve upward to sharp points which end about where the eyes of earthly human beings are located. The whiteness of the teeth is not that of ivory, but of the snowiest and most gleaming of china. Against the dark background of their olive skins their tusks stand out in a most striking manner, making these weapons present a singularly formidable appearance.
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