If you know anything about Martian literature, you will of course recognize Tweel, one of the heroes of A Martian Odyssey, by Stanley Weinborn. Written in the 1930's, this tale remains a classic of the genre, and an inspiration for all subsequent writing in science fiction. Listeners will notice the attention the author pays to the details of his imagined world. Geographic descriptions, maps, geological explanations, and a complex psychology allow listeners to travel to a fully formed world in outer space. Jim Robert's cheerful, baritone-voiced narration adds a wonderful new dimension to the experience of this short story.
One of the aliens in the story, "Tweel", remains one of the most recognised aliens in early science fiction, and is said to be an inspiration for aliens in the works of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. "Tweel" even has his own entry in Wikipedia! Isaac Asimov described Tweel as being the first creation in science fiction to fulfill John W. Campbell's request for "a creature that thinks as well as a man, or better than a man, but not like a man.
"In 1970, when the Science Fiction Writers of America voted on the best science-fiction short stories of all time, "A Martian Odyssey" came in second to Asimov's "Nightfall", and was the earliest story to make the list. The chosen stories were published in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, 1929-1964.
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