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
AuthorWilliam Morrison
Cover artistRic Binkley
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)

Mel Oliver and Space Rover on Mars is a science fiction novel by American writer 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.