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Martians, Go Home de Fredric Brown

Martians, Go Home (original: 1955; edição: 1981)

de Fredric Brown (Autor)

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Martians, Go Home, originally published in 1955, is a comic science fiction novel that tells the story of Luke Devereaux, a science fiction writer who witnesses an alien invasion of little green men. These Martians haven't come to Earth to harm anyone-just to annoy people. Unable to touch the physical world, or be touched by it, they take great pleasure in walking through walls, spying on the private lives of humans-and revealing their every secret. No one knows how to get rid of these obnoxious little aliens, except perhaps Luke. Unfortunately, Mr. Devereaux is going a little bananas, so it may be difficult for him to try-but not impossible.… (mais)
Título:Martians, Go Home
Autores:Fredric Brown (Autor)
Informação:Del Rey (1981), 160 pages
Coleções:Read, Favoritos (inactive), Lidos mas não possuídos (inactive)

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Martians, Go Home de Fredric Brown (1955)


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Corny and entertaining. Just what I've come to expect from Frederic Brown. ( )
  Unkletom | Nov 18, 2022 |
This is the sci-fi equivalent of those Disney movies where the bad guys leer and threaten but are ultimately defeated by being pushed into a body of water.

The Martians call everybody Mack or Toots, stick their tongues out, and emit Bronx cheers. It's just ... dumb. ( )
  mkfs | Aug 13, 2022 |
What would you do if a bunch of little green men appeared one day and proceeded to make life uncomfortable and frustrating and difficult? That's what Mr. Brown explored in this book. By turns amusing, annoying, irritating, and enjoyable (the humor doesn't always quite work), Martians Go Home was worth listening to.
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  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
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Fredric Brown's Martians, Go Home
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 7, 2018

Since having 'discovered' Fredric Brown this yr, 2018, I've read & reviewed his Night of the Jabberwock ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2452296089 ), The Lenient Beast ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2461372607 ), Here Comes A Candle ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2462070437 ), What Mad Universe ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2464499871 ), Rogue in Space ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2465064031 ), The Mind Thing ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2467733917 ), The Fabulous Clipjoint ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2470384508 ), The Screaming Mimi ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2507798160 ), & Honeymoon in Hell ( https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2547732455 ). He had an imagination & a sense of humor. It'll be a sad day when I've read everything by him.

Martians, Go Home is one of those SF bks that's not particularly preoccupied w/ being scientific but is more, instead, concerned w/ humorous psychological possibilities. As an aspect of setting the bk's 1955 scene, the "Prologue" states:

"Not only was the Western Hemisphere affected. People everywhere were becoming ready to believe anything. There was the Jap in Yamanashi who claimed to be a Martian, and got himself killed by a mob that believed him. There were the Singapore riots of 1962, and it is known that the Philippine Rebellion of the following year was sparked by a secret cult among the Moros which claimed to be in mystic communication with the Venusians and acting under their advice and guidance. And in 1964 there was the tragic case of the two American army flyers who were forced to make an emergency landing of the experimental stratojet they were flying. They landed just south of the border and were immediately and enthusiastically killed by Mexicans who, as they stepped from their plane still wearing space suits and helmets, took them to be Martians." - p ix

Is Brown pulling our leg(s)? He doesn't appear to be pulling our 3rd leg(s) or I might have an erection. Let's do some extremely cursory research shall we? (OK, it's just me) This 3rd printing of the bk was published in 1981 — was the prologue written after the original bk was written? It appears to me that the prologue was written in 1954 or 1955 when the rest of the bk was. As such, references to things happening in 1962 & 1964 are a part of its fictional context. There is a Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan but I found no mention online of a man killed there for declaring himself a Martian. There were plenty of riots in Singapore but I found no mention of any in 1962. I found no mention of a Philippines rebellion in 1963. There was such a thing as a "stratojet" but no story connected w/ them such as Brown's above.

"The Boeing B-47 Stratojet (company Model 450) is a retired American long-range, six-engined, turbojet-powered strategic bomber designed to fly at high subsonic speed and at high altitude to avoid enemy interceptor aircraft. The B-47's primary mission was as a nuclear bomber capable of striking the Soviet Union. With its engines carried in nacelles under the swept wing, the B-47 was a major innovation in post-World War II combat jet design, and contributed to the development of modern jet airliners.

"The B-47 entered service with the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1951. It never saw combat as a bomber, but was a mainstay of SAC's bomber strength during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and remained in use as a bomber until 1965. It was also adapted to a number of other missions, including photographic reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, and weather reconnaissance, remaining in service as a reconnaissance aircraft until 1969 and as a testbed until 1977."

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_B-47_Stratojet

I was hoping those prologue stories were true. But, no, they're all part of Brown's dastardly self-referential fictional universe.

"On stage at the rise of curtain: Luke Devereaux, alone.

"Why do we start with him? Why not; we've got to start somewhere. And Luke, as a science fiction writer, should have been much better prepared than most people for what was about to happen." - p 3

Of course! Who else but a Sci-Fi writer wd have the necessary vision for turning the tide of a Martian invasion?! He cd try out exposing the Martians to alcohol as a variant on the Martians of H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds being unexpectedly killed off by germs. But, no, these invaders were.. different from the invaders of previous SF. They were just plain obnoxious.

"Luke took another pull at his drink. He counted ten and tried to be as calm and reasonable as he could.

""Listen," he said. "I was rude at first because I was surprised. But I'm sorry and I apologize. Why can't we be friends?"

""Why should we? You're a member of an inferior race."

""Because if for no other reason it'll make this conversation more pleasant for both of us."

""Not for me, Mack. I like disliking people. I like quarreling.["]" - p 11

Now, that's a twist on the invasion theme. Humans aren't being wiped out, they aren't being enslaved.. they're just being driven crazy.

"Dorothy said, "We were married this afternoon." Proudly.

""Good," said the Martian. "Then I do want something. I've heard about your disgusting mating habits. Now I can watch them."" - p 27

"And then there was the theory that all Martians were alike sexually, being either bisexual or having no sex at all, as we understand sex, and that possibly they reproduced by parthenogenesis or some means we couldn't even guess at. For all we knew they grew on trees like coconuts and dropped off when they were ripe, already adult and intelligent, ready to face their world, or to face and sneer at ours." - p 42

I don't know about these Martians but there's an excellent educational film about the reproductive cycle of Martian unicellular life forms here: https://youtu.be/SRJMijBzjwo .

Attempts to kill the Martians, who were untouchable, were dangerous in ways that one might not've expected:

"It was dangerous, too, to drive through a Martian, unless you were sure that he wasn't standing in front of some obstacle to block your view of it." - p 48

This bk has everything: the 2 poles of my existence: parthenogenesis, solipsism, & Cockney Rhyming Slang:

"It was early evening, of course, in London. Let's let Alf tell it in his own words.

"Take it, Alf.

""Well, Guv'nor, 'ere Hi am fresh from a moon in a flowery, and Hi'm poppin' out of an oozer after a pig's ear that took my last smash. Blimey, Hi'm on the rib. So when I gets a decko at this connaught ranger takin' a pen'worth of chalk down the frog lookin' like 'e'd 'ave a dummy full of bees and honey, 'e looks ripe for a buzz. Hi takes a decko around—no bogies. Hi see a greenie on a jam-pot near but 'ow'd Hi know 'e was a grass? Hi got to speel or there's no weeping willow for my Uncle Ned. So I closes up and uses my fork to blag—"" - pp 54-55

The rest of the novel is in rhyming slang w/ no translation. As near as I cd make out, it's all about ventriloquist's figures in the shape of geckos struggling for politically correct speech w/ Humphrey Bogart campaigning on their behalf. But I cd be wrong. Meanwhile, in a different universe, Luke is locked up in a marsy bin:

"["]I don't mean the case is complicated, Mrs. Devereaux. But he is the first and only paranoiac I have ever known who is ten times as well off, ten times as well adjusted, as though he were sane. I hesitate to try to cure him."" - p 96

Exactly. I persist in believing that Martians haven't invaded the Earth so leave me in peace.

"["]What I should have said is that his systematized delusion might change to another and less happy one."

""Like believing again in Martians, but not believing in human beings?"

"Dr. Snyder smiled. "Hardly so complete a switch as that, my dear. But it's quite possible—" His smile vanished. "—that he might come to believe in neither."

""You're surely joking."

""No. I'm not. It's really a common form of paranoia. And for that matter, a form of belief held by a great many sane people. Haven't you heard of solipsism?"

""The word sounds familiar."

""Latin, from solus meaning alone and ipse meaning self. Self alone. The philosophical belief that the self is the only existent thing. Logical result of starting reasoning with 'Cogito, ergo sum'—I think, therefore I am—and finding oneself unable to accept any secondary step as logical.["]" - p 110

Not even 'Cogito, ergo necesse est quae excreturi'?! Nothing's sacred, not even Bughouse Square.

"Bughouse Square is a city park one block square and it has another name but no one ever uses the other name. It is inhabited largely by bums, winos and crackpots." - p 144

I 1st read about it in Brown's The Screaming Mimi. I'm currently having my retirement home built there by trained moles.

I'm not going to tell you whether they got rid of the Martians b/c I died as I was turning the last page. I'm now in suspended animation as all Nobel Prize winners are joining together in the race to find a woman that I'm compatible w/. Good luck. In the meantime, think about this:

"In the summer of 2007, Earth is under clandestine attack. Slug-like creatures, arriving in flying saucers, are attaching themselves to people's backs, taking control of their victims' nervous systems, and manipulating those people as puppets. The Old Man, the head of clandestine national security agency called the Section, goes to Des Moines, Iowa, with Sam and Mary, two of his best agents, to investigate a flying saucer report, but much more seriously the ominous disappearance of the six agents sent previously. They discover that the slugs are steadily taking over Des Moines, but they cannot convince the US President to declare an emergency.

"Sam takes two other agents and returns to Des Moines to get more evidence of the invasion. They fail and are obliged to leave the city quickly, but in the confusion of their fleeing the city's television center a slug sneaks onto one of the agents. Back in Washington the team discovers the slug and captures it, but later it escapes and attaches itself to Sam, using Sam's skills and knowledge to make a clean escape.

"Thoroughly puppetized, Sam begins to infiltrate more slugs into the city, using the Constitution Club as a recruiting center. The Old Man captures him, takes him to Section's new headquarters, and coerces Sam into being taken by the slug again. Under drug-induced hypnosis Sam reveals that the slugs come from Titan, the sixth moon of Saturn. Being forced into a traumatic situation strains Sam's relationship with both Mary and the Old Man. Later, Sam finds that the President and Congress are ready to accept the idea that the United States has been infiltrated and they mandate a law that requires people to go naked to demonstrate that they are not carrying slugs."

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Puppet_Masters

Do you think we cd convince President Rump to institute a nakedness mandate? I'd like to make sure he's not carrying a slug AND I'd like to get a closer look at the First Lady too. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
Wow I didn't know what to expect except that this was heralded as one of the best humorous alien invasion novels of all time. Upon reading, it worked quite nicely as pure satire. It didn't even have a tongue in cheek vibe to it. Instead, overnight, we've got 60 million little green aliens from Mars standing around in our living rooms heckling everything we do.

Yikes! This is the complete reversal of MST3K!

And nothing is off limits. Humanity is their version of animals in a zoo, and we can't even blast them away since they just teleport by thought. Yikes!

Better yet, things get wonky in a completely different way, too. Writers and fans of writers who write about writing will get a big kick out of this twist. No spoilers. But it was delightfully hackneyed.

Now, in case you're wondering, it really doesn't have much in common with Mars Attacks, but you know, I like both of these, so for me it's a win/win.

This is a great quick read, and it's thoroughly enjoyable. Absolutely fun, fast paced, and utterly solipsistic. Not that it's a bad thing, mind you. In fact, in this novel, it's pretty fantastic.

Yay for SF humor!
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Martians, Go Home, originally published in 1955, is a comic science fiction novel that tells the story of Luke Devereaux, a science fiction writer who witnesses an alien invasion of little green men. These Martians haven't come to Earth to harm anyone-just to annoy people. Unable to touch the physical world, or be touched by it, they take great pleasure in walking through walls, spying on the private lives of humans-and revealing their every secret. No one knows how to get rid of these obnoxious little aliens, except perhaps Luke. Unfortunately, Mr. Devereaux is going a little bananas, so it may be difficult for him to try-but not impossible.

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