Edison's Conquest of Mars
Edison's Conquest of Mars is a sci-fi novel published in 1898 by Garrett P. Serviss. It seems Serviss was servicing Edison in fact, as he made the inventor the hero of the book (which Edison would endorse himself). It was also something of a ripoff of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, though it is a sequel to said ripoff. In it Edison travels to Mars and his inventions allow a spacefleet from Earth to successfully battle the Martians.
You'll relish in the ship-to-ship battles and those between Earth ships and Martian ground forts. And how quaint to read about astronaut communication via wire, spaceship communication via flags and lights. But Edison's Conquest of Mars does contain some sci-fi "firsts": alien abductions, spacesuits (called "air-tight suits"), alien Pyramids, battles in space, oxygen pills and disintegrator rays.
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June 08, 2013
After the Martians lay waste to Earth, Tom Edison invents ships and weapons to carry the fight to the them on Mars itself. 4stars because its a bit pedantic but a good read nonetheless.