Shields of Mars


Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Starwater Strains

"Shields of Mars" was written for Peter Crowther, and when I started I called it "Swords of Mars." Then it hit me that the atmosphere factory those two guys worked in was in fact shielding Mars.


Jeff, a human, and Zaa, an alien, are the last two employees of an atmosphere factory on Mars, wondering if they soon will be out of a job.


  • Sources of quotes
  • Meanings of names
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

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