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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 inwalking 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.

©2011 Frederic Brown (P)2011 Blackstone Audio

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/03/2014

Amusing send-up of alien invasion story tropes

I love a good alien invasion story and I also love a humorous story; this little gem is both. The little green men featured in this story manage to conquer Earth without firing a shot. The conventional invasion story is not the only thing satirized here; we also get an interesting and occasionally thought-provoking discourse on the nature of reality itself. How do we know what reality is? Is anything real, perhaps we create our own reality, and so forth but all firmly tongue-in-cheek. There is even a little unintentional humor when some people, believing the Martians to be devils, decide that Mars is hell and Venus is heaven (the book was written before the Venera and Mariner 2 expeditions).

Recommended for 1950's sci-fy buffs and people who like off-beat humor.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • timothy yobo
  • 29/04/2015

Fun read

Enjoyed this quirky book very much. The narrator as always was great. Answers the question, what if aliens came to earth and just were real a holes.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Darryl
  • 24/03/2014

fun lighthearted piece

for a quick short diversion this was fine. a few elements that could be thought about more seriously like the solipsism point of view discussion but overall just a bit of fluff. good palate cleanser after heavier stuff. there are a couple places where I did actually chuckle at some ideas/situations.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Karen Marie
  • 27/11/2020

First Rate

While certainly dated in many respects, this is fine writing and an engaging story. Recommended.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 28/10/2020

Humorous look at Martian invasion

Fredric Brown's Martian, Go Home is a light-hearted take on a pseudo-Martian invasion. Taking in place in 50's, the Earth is suddenly inundated with Martians who have the ability to simply pop into any location on Earth at any time. There is no physical interaction possible, but the Martians can make noise, speak, and read. Possessing the ability to pass beyond locked doors and into safes, they have the ability to reveal human secrets. They also possess an annoying personality and seem intent on making a nuisance of themselves. Life on Earth is totally disrupted and normal human pastimes become impossible. The main character is a writer who is temporarily out of a job as Hollywood has been shut down. He suffers a breakdown and then reinvents himself as a writer of westerns (reading becomes a popular form of escape) as he suffers from a mental condition that does not allow him to see or hear the Martians. Eventually, with multiple individuals believing they can end the crisis, the Martians simply disappear. Brown's world has privacy, including personal, corporate, and government thrown out the window. At the same time, all the normal leisure activities have been disrupted to the point of no longer being enjoyable. See no evil, hear no evil insanity becomes the only sane response to an insane world. The narration is well done with excellent timing for the humor to come out. Pacing is brisk making for a quick listen.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • K T-berry
  • 15/09/2020

Meh

Rather interesting story and I kept listening even after I wanted to stop. It was just okay. The narrator was great, just wished the story was better.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Doug L
  • 27/04/2016

Left me wanting something more

I kept listening and hoping something would happen. That the story would really begin to go somewhere. Then it ended. Yawn.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Ijw
  • 27/06/2014

Entertaining Roots of Science Fiction

Remember when you read books for enjoyment? Return to a time when you could buy a working (for a while) car for $150. When you could live on $56 for 7 weeks. When a long distance phone call could cost over $100. And a week in a sanitarium cost $100.

Also return to a time when a science fiction writer had a working grasp of engineering, and a sense of humor, and hope.

Be amazed at a time when a writer would expect world powers to stop paying for armies because their citizens needed social services.

Oh, well, just sit back and enjoy.

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