N.p. S.i., 1982]. Typescript for one of the Hugo Award-winning author's earliest published stories, introducing several characters which would eventually appear in his Mars Trilogy. In "Exploring Fossil Canyon," a group of tourists set out on an eco-expedition in Mars canyon land. Set in a time circa-Green Mars, a student named Eileen, her guide, and the group she travels with as they explore the Martian badlands. Though inexperienced with aerology, she comes to terms with the alien, desolate nature of the red planet. The story first saw publication in Terry Carr's 1982 anthology Universe 12, alongside contributions by George Turner, Bruce McAllister, R.A. Lafferty, Mary Pangborn, and others. Provenance: Through the trade, from the estate of science fiction author and editor Terry Carr (1937-1987). Item #2647
Draft typescript, 35pp (rectos only), with holograph corrections and notations throughout in the author's, editor's, and typesetter's hand. Paperclip impression to upper left corners, mild handling overall, with light toning, short tears, and thumb-soil to margins; verso of numerous pages marked with post-it's; complete, Very Good+.