Pope, Gustavus William (1828–1902)

Gustavus Pope was an American physician and author of many books in the nineteenth century, including two interplanetary tales that adopt the conventional evolutionist line of that time. In A Journey to Mars,1 an American officer falls in love with an advanced Martian on a world strongly reminiscent of that portrayed two decades later by Edgar Rice Burroughs, while in A Journey to Venus (1895) his explorers find themselves on a primeval planet inhabited by all manner of creatures taken from prehistory and myth.



1. Pope, Gustavus W. Romances of the Planets, No. 1: Journey to Mars, the Wonderful World: Its Beauty and Splendor: Its Mighty Races and Kingdoms: Its Final Doom. Westport, Conn.: Hyperion (1974) (first published 1894).