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The literature and pop culture of Mars

Ray Bradbury's
Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles"
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Ray Bradbury's
Marvin the Martian
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Ray Bradbury's
"The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells
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KPCC reporters have been talking to Southland scientists and engineers and counting down the days until NASA's most ambitious rover yet — Curiosity — prepares to land on the Martian surface. Follow the series online.

Our planetary next door neighbor, Mars, has inspired musicians, filmmakers, writers and even animators to muse about what life would be like there.

Now, we continue our Mars rover coverage with a look at the red planet and pop culture. H.G. Wells wrote the novel "War of the Worlds" in 1898. And then of course, the story was famously adapted to radio. But, that was not the only combination of art and Mars.


David Kipen, book critic and founder of the book store and lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, near the Metro Gold Line stop.