I have come as was intended, and must have been decreed, to a most amazing land, called Mars, a land peopled, not by Things of various and curious deformities, but by Fairies of unusual grace and beauty.
– – The Old Man
The Ship that Sailed to Mars is a charming tale about a man with an impossible desire. Undeterred by the proponents of science and logic...
...he had taken his leave of men, and men's ways, and had spent his long lifetime in a sleepy office in a dull, dark street; passing his waking hours in strange dreams, or poring over weird and ancient books, and always and ever planning a ship to sail to Mars.He recruited Fairies to assist him in building a ship based on his plans. When the ship was ready, Fairies were selected by lot to act as crew. During the voyage, they were exposed to various dangers and became lost. The rulers of Fairyland dispatched an Air Sprite to guide them since “they know the planets by name and the stars as familiar habitations.”
“It was indeed a spot where any dreadful thing might easily happen.”
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