Mars. Somewhen that was still in the future in the 1930s. A lone visitor from Earth is stranded in the deserts of the red planet. And encounters a Martian. The unlikely pair travel along for a while, and a weird kind of friendship develops...
Before Weinbaum, nearly all aliens were either evil monsters from mankind's nightmares (or the oceans, or found under a microscope), or they looked basically like humans. Weinbaum's Martian Odyssey is different: It presents a planet Mars in accordance with the science of his time, with weird, alien beings that nevertheless make as much sense as any creature from our world does: Curious, alien, strange, but not frightening. His story conveys a sense of wonder that is timeless - it is a landmark in the history of SF, but still fresh, and shouldn't be missed.
The audio play is very well done, too - great and professional speakers, high audio quality, script and effects work well together: It captures the story's spirit very well.
- If English is not your first language: Don't worry. Weinbaum's story is easy enough to follow, his English not very complicated, and the speakers very clear. (If you can understand this review, you won't have troubles with the audio play.)