Rainbow Mars

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Rainbow Mars
RainbowMars.jpg
First edition cover
Author Larry Niven
Cover artist Bob Eggleton
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short story collection and novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
1999
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 316 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-312-86777-8
OCLC 39887074
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3564.I9 R3 1999

Rainbow Mars is a 1999 science fiction short story collection written by Larry Niven. It includes the five previously published Hanville Svetz stories and the eponymous novella, which was written for the collection. The setting of the Svetz stories is Earth in the distant future. The hereditary leader of the Earth, known as the Secretary General, is an inbred imbecile. In order to maintain the interest of the Secretary, different factions in the capitol use their advanced science to amuse him. Svetz's section uses time travel in an attempt to bring back long extinct animals from Earth's past. Unbeknownst to Svetz and his team, they are actually travelling back into fictional pasts, and returning with mythical creatures.

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  • Rainbow Mars—With a new Secretary General that is interested more in space travel than animals, Svetz uses his time machine to visit Mars, which he finds populated by the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, C. S. Lewis, H. G. Wells, and Stanley G. Weinbaum. The story began as a collaboration with Terry Pratchett; a number of his ideas remain in the final draft, mainly the use of Yggdrasil.[1]
  • "Get a Horse!"--first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1969. Svetz is sent back in time to capture a horse, but brings back a unicorn instead.
  • "Bird in the Hand"--first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1970.
  • "Leviathan!"--first published in Playboy, August 1970.
  • "There's a Wolf in My Time Machine"--first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction]], October 1970.
  • "Death in a Cage"—first published in the Niven collection The Flight of the Horse (Ballentine, 1973).
  • "Svetz and the Beanstalk"—an Afterword in which Niven discusses the fictional sources for Rainbow Mars.

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  1. ^ Niven, Larry (1999). "AFTERWORD: SVETZ AND THE BEANSTALK". Rainbow Mars. New York City, United States: Tom Doherty Associates. pp. 368–369. Retrieved 2015-02-27.