A Trip to Mars, by Charles K. Landis, the founder of Vineland and Sea Isle City. The manuscript of this previously unknown sci-fi thriller was found in the vault of the Vineland Historical & Antiquarian Society. It is now jointly published by the VHAS and SJCHC. Available for purchase on Amazon or from VHAS, also in the Stockton University Bookstore.
The story has adventure scenes – fighting off monstrous beasts that control large swaths of the Marsian wilderness and impinge upon the more settled agricultural and urban areas – it has philosophical sections, where the culture of Earth and Mars are held up and compared. It is an intriguing volume by an important South Jersey figure.
132 pages, paperback, $9.95.