List of books set on Mars

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Title Author Year Series and number Summary Settlement information
The War of the Worlds H.G Wells 1897 Martians invade the Earth and seem unstoppable, until the are beaten by the smallest of foes.
A Princess of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 Martian Tales #1 A series of 10 novels with the main Character, John Carter and his adventures on Mars, or Barsoom in the local language. Historical interest
The Gods of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1913 Martian Tales #2
The Warlord of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1913 Martian Tales #3
Thuvia, Maid of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1916 Martian Tales #4
The Chessmen of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1922 Martian Tales #5
The Master Mind of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1927 Martian Tales #6
A Fighting Man of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1930 Martian Tales #7
Swords of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1934 Martian Tales #8
Synthetic Men of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1938 Martian Tales #9
Llana of Gathol Edgar Rice Burroughs 1941 Martian Tales #10
John Carter of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs 1941 Martian Tales #11
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury 1950 Famous group of short stories set on Mars, exploration of an ancient civilisation. Historical interest
The Sands of Mars Arthur C. Clarke 1951
Podkayne of Mars Robert A. Heinlein 1963
Warriors of Mars Edward P. Bradbury 1965 Michael Kane #1
Blades of Mars Edward P. Bradbury 1965 Michael Kane #2
Barbarians of Mars Edward P. Bradbury 1966 Michael Kane #3
We Can Remember It For You Wholesale Phillip K. Dick 1966 Inspiration for the Total Recall movies.
Welcome to Mars James Blish 1967
Man Plus Frederik Pohl 1976
The Greening of Mars James Lovelock and Michael Allaby 1984
Mars Ben Bova 1992
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson 1992 Mars Trilogy #1 Complete development of Mars terraformation. Best series on the subject, solid factual base.
Green Mars Kim Stanley Robinson 1992 Mars Trilogy #2
Red Dust Paul J. McAuley 1993
Moving Mars Greg Bear 1994
Blue Mars Kim Stanley Robinson 1996 Mars Trilogy #3
The Martians Kim Stanley Robinson 1999
White Mars Brian Aldiss with Roger Penrose 1999
The Road to Mars Eric Idle 1999
The Martian Race Gregory Benford 2000
The Stone Canal Ken Macleod 2001 The Fall Revolution #2
First Landing Robert Zubrin 2001
Red Thunder Jon Varley 2003 Thunder and Lightning #1
The Mars Run Chris Gerrib 2006
Red Lightning Jon Varley 2006 Thunder and Lightning #2
Rolling Thunder Jon Varley 2008 Thunder and Lightning #3
The Martian Andrew Weir 2012 Good description of an early Martian exploration base. Famous use of potatoes.
Red Planet Blues Robert J. Sawyer 2013
Dark Lightning Jon Varley 2014 Thunder and Lightning #4
Red Planet Robert A. Heinlein 1949 Two teenage boys, sent away to boarding school in the big city on Mars, need to save their hometown and their Martian friend from the nefarious forces of evil.
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961 A human born on Mars and raised by Martians comes to Earth to explore its culture. His interactions with humans and his new ideas inevitably change the Earth society.
Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut 1959
Aelita Aleksey Tolstoy 1923 Two Russian engineers arrive on Mars to discover that it is populated by advanced civilisation, ruled by engineers. The Martian princess Aelita reveals that the planet is facing environmental catastrophe. After an uprising is crashed the two engineers are forced to escape and make it back to Earth.
Before Mars Emma Newman 2018