Early on August 6th, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration joined PulpFest 2012 in its celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the initial publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ classic adventure story, “Under the Moons of Mars.” At 1:32 AM, eastern time, NASA landed its exploration rover, Curiosity, on the red planet.
The one-ton, six-wheeled laboratory Curiosity is expected to revolutionize our understanding of Mars, as it attempts to gather evidence that the planet is or was capable of fostering life, probably in microbial form. The spacecraft is also expected to pave the way for important leaps in deep-space exploration, including bringing Martian rock or soil back to Earth for detailed analysis and, eventually, human exploration.
Burroughs’ novel, better known under its book title, A Princess of Mars, was originally published in six monthly parts, beginning in February 1912. It first appeared in the Munsey pulp magazine, The All-Story. On Friday evening, August 10th, PulpFest will celebrate the story’s hundredth anniversary with a panel entitled Barsoom and Beyond: Mars in the Pulps.
Will Curiosity discover evidence of long-gone Martian princesses, the sacred River Iss, four-armed green Martian Tharks, and giant white apes? Only time will tell. But for four days, beginning on Thursday evening at 6 PM and running through Sunday afternoon, August 12th, you’ll be able to explore the fantastic imaginings of Edgar Rice Burroughs and much more by joining PulpFest in downtown Columbus, Ohio.