The Man Who Conquered Mars

This blog string will be a part of a contest called the Author Blog Challenge in which writers will be required to post a 250 word blog on a subject decided by the creator of the challenge. The first subject or “prompt” is: Describe your earliest memory of writing. How did your writing habit/process/career develop?

I did very little writing in my youth, although I was a avid reader of science fiction as well as other fiction. My favorite SF writers were Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, A.C. Clarke, Alan E. Nourse,  and James Blish.  Other non-Sf writers included F. Scott Fitzgerald,  Ernest Hemingway, Irwin Shaw, Norman Mailer, James Jones, John O’Hara and Ayn Rand. While reading the works of these fine writers created a desire in me to write, the opportunities to do so after I graduated from school were limited. The necessities of earning a living and eventually raising a family demanded much of my time and energy. In addition, I recalled an admonition from one of my high school English teachers, Mr. Young, that I should only write about what I know. I didn’t know much when I was young, so I had little about which to write.

The Man Who Conquered Mars

Five years ago I started writing a novel entitled The Man Who Conquered Mars. The outline of the story had been rolling around in my mind for nearly twenty years before I first put pencil to paper.  The story would be set in the not too distant future (eventually decided to be 2052) when 2 young Mars colonists happen upon a human artifact dating from the 1950’s.  The artifact, it turns out, was left by Titus Andronicus Scott, an American industrialist and aviation pioneer who went missing in 1956. Incorrectly believed to have been killed while flying an experimental aircraft, Scott actually flew the craft to Mars, utilizing technology developed over a period of twelve years from devices he discovered in a cave in Tunisia in 1943. Those devices were of alien origin and Scott’s adventure is the back story of all of my “Alien Artifact” stories and books.


  1. I discovered science fiction when I was about 10 years old – first Robert Heinlein – Have Spacesuit Will Travel, followed by Tunnel in the Sky. I progressed to Isaac Asimov and had the pleasure of attending a presentation he made at (I think) Hunter College in Manhattan when I was in high school. He was a fantastic speaker, I thought. We share that little bit in common and I look forward to enjoying more of your blog.

    • Doug says:

      Yes, Asimov was one of my heroes as a youth. I was especially impressed by all the letters after his name. I never achieved that degree of “lettering” myself, but always enjoyed his books, especially the Foundation Trilogy.

  2. Jo Michaels says:

    I like the way you describe your twist of an unknown event as if it were fact. I did the same for my novel. I’m looking forward to following this blog for the month of June. WRITE ON!

    • Doug says:

      Thanks for the positive comment. The idea that the truth can often be obscured and confused is an underlying theme in The Man Who Conquered Mars as well as the subsequent books and stories in the Alien Artifact series. Both the “good guys” and the “bad guys” use this tool, each for their own purposes. Thanks again!

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