Weinbaum had only an 18 month SF career in the mid-30s, but had an
enormous impact on the field. The attitudes of his characters might be
pulpy and dated, but the stories are worth reading, nevertheless, for the
aliens. His aliens, set in a marvelously 1930s solar system brimming with
life, are truly alien -- different physiologies, different
psychologies -- not just "men in rubber suits".
- Parasite Planet. 1935
- Ham Hammond trades xixtchil spore-pods in the dangerous Venusian swamps. Made homeless by a mudspout, he and the hostile Pat Burlingame have a perilous hike out of the Hotlands ahead of them.
- The Mad Moon. 1935
- Grant Calthorpe is regretting being a fevre leaf harvester on Io:
the heat, the white fever, the unreliable loonies, and the intelligent rat-like slinkers make life unbearable.
Then one of his blancha hallucinations turns out to be Lee Neilan for real, the slinkers attack them,
and they have to flee to The Idiots' Hills, where they discover something about the loonies' past.
- A Martian Odyssey. 1934
- The first expedition to Mars finds many strange and wonderful alien creatures, including the intelligent Tweel
- Valley of Dreams. 1934
- The first expedition to Mars continues its discoveries, including how the canal pumps are powered, and that Tweel's ancestors were even more advanced. (There is a short scene with a creature that sounds like a slinker from "The Mad Moon", too.)
- The Adaptive Utimate. 1935
- Pygmalion's Spectacles. 1935
- Shifting Seas. 1937
- The Worlds of If. 1935
- Redemption Cairn. 1936
- "Yellow" Jack Sands, disgraced rocket pilot from the first Europa expedition, is given a second chance,
to fly a return mission to Europa.
But he is dismayed to discover his co-pilot is Claire Avery, the publicity seeking "Golden Flash".
And once the team arrives on Europa, everyone starts acting suspiciously.
What really happened on that first mission?
- The Ideal. 1935
- The Lotus Eaters. 1935
- Proteus Island. 1936