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May 7th, 2010

Mars and Science Fiction

 So, what's your favorite SF story set on Mars? Who wrote it? Are they deceased?

I ask because I am on the IAU nomenclature committee for Mars, and large craters on Mars are named for "deceased scientists who have contributed to the study of Mars; writers and others who have contributed to the lore of Mars" and I was wondering if there's anyone whom we have missed.

You can check out if your favorite is already honored with a crater by looking up crater names at the USGS Planetary Geology web site gazetteer of planetary nomenclature:

http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/FeatureTypesData2.jsp?systemID=4&bodyID=8&typeID=9&system=Mars&body=Mars&type=Crater,%20craters&sort=AName&show=Fname&show=Lat&show=Long&show=Diam&show=Stat&show=Year&show=Orig

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