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Imagining the Red Planet


Ongoing event running from: Sat Nov 09, 2019 - Sat Jan 18, 2020


Lillian H. Smith

*Extended until January 18, 2020.*

Visit the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy to view this exhibit of all things Mars!

When our closest neighbour Mars was new to our eyes it seemed to offer a world of possibilities. Since it was completely imaginary, it could be fertile, welcoming and full of recognizable life. Or it could be barren and hostile, with alien creatures to befriend or to overcome.

Now our dreams of a fertile Mars involve terraforming, making the planet a shadow and an image of us. To overcome its barrenness we invent homes for humanity within confined and sealed environments.

From early 20th century astronomy to often hilarious fictional Martian invasions, see how we have viewed our closest neighbour. Human imagination brings life to the red planet in this exhibit on Mars.

Free. All welcome.

Located in the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, on the 3rd floor of the Lillian H. Smith Branch.

The exhibit can be viewed during the Merril Collection's open hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5, closed Sun.

Contact the Merril Collection at 416-393-7748 for more information.

Image from The Ship that Sailed to Mars by William Timlin.