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I Like Martian Music   By: (1927-)

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I recently finished reading a mesmerizing science fiction novel by Charles E. Fritch called "I Like Martian Music," and I must say, it exceeded all my expectations. Set in a future where humans have established a colony on Mars, this book provides a fresh and imaginative perspective on the possibilities that lie beyond our Earthly existence.

The narrative unfolds through the eyes of our protagonist, an eccentric musician named Sam, who ventures to Mars in search of inspiration and a chance to compose music like no other. Fritch's storytelling skills effortlessly transport the reader to the red planet, immersing them in an entirely new and awe-inspiring world.

What I found most impressive about the book was the way Fritch seamlessly weaves together elements of music and science fiction. As Sam explores the Martian landscape, the author effortlessly incorporates musical metaphors that add depth and beauty to the story. The way music becomes a driving force in the plot is both enchanting and refreshing, offering a unique take on the power of art and its ability to transcend boundaries.

Fritch's characters are well-rounded and relatable, each with their own distinct personalities and quirks. Sam, in particular, is a wonderfully complex protagonist who is willing to sacrifice everything for his passion. As we follow his journey to compose the ultimate Martian symphony, we not only witness his personal growth but also gain insights into the challenges and triumphs that come with pursuing one's dreams.

Moreover, Fritch's vivid and evocative descriptions of the Martian landscape add another layer of depth to the story. From the crimson dunes to the mysterious rock formations, I felt as if I was standing alongside the characters, taking in the alien beauty of Mars. It is clear that the author conducted extensive research to bring this world to life, creating an immersive and visually stunning experience for the reader.

"I Like Martian Music" also raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of creativity and the human desire to explore the unknown. Through Sam's artistic journey, Fritch explores the intricate relationship between art and science, making us question the boundaries we perceive between the two disciplines.

Overall, "I Like Martian Music" is a captivating and enchanting read that seamlessly melds science fiction and music into a compelling narrative. Fritch's imaginative world-building, coupled with his strong character development, keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. This novel is a must-read for sci-fi enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates the power of creativity.

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There have been a number of interesting theories advanced about life on Mars, but few have equalled Charles Fritch's intriguing picture of the world of Longtree and Channeljumper in its infinite variations, tonal and thematic. The Mars of these two is an old culture, old and finite.

i like martian music


Longtree played. His features relaxed into a gentle smile of happiness and his body turned a bright red orange.

Longtree sat before his hole in the ground and gazed thoughtfully among the sandy red hills that surrounded him. His skin at that moment was a medium yellow, a shade between pride and happiness at having his brief symphony almost completed, with just a faint tinge of red to denote that uncertain, cautious approach to the last note which had eluded him thus far.

He sat there unmoving for a while, and then he picked up his blowstring and fitted the mouthpiece between his thin lips. He blew into it softly and at the same time gently strummed the three strings stretching the length of the instrument. The note was a firm clear one which would have made any other musician proud.

But Longtree frowned, and at the disappointment his body flushed a dark green and began taking on a purple cast of anger. Hastily, he put down the blowstring and tried to think of something else... Continue reading book >>

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