Mel Oliver and Space Rover on Mars

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Mel Oliver and Space Rover on Mars
Mel oliver and space rover on mars.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author William Morrison
Cover artist Ric Binkley
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 191 pp
OCLC 5304913

Mel Oliver and Space Rover on Mars is a science fiction novel by William Morrison (pseudonym of Joseph Samachson). It was published in 1954 by Gnome Press in an edition of 4,000 copies.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns the adventures of a boy and his sapient dog as they join an interplanetary circus on a voyage to Mars.


Anthony Boucher praised the novel as "the most enjoyable non-Heinlein s.f. for the young" in several years, describing Morrison's writing as "easy, lively, humorous and charming."[1]


  1. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, September 1955, p.88.
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 303. 
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 377. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.