Georges Méliès, from Martian Dreams
Georges Méliès (1861-1938)
A French magician, theatrical producer, and actor, Méliès achieved worldwide fame at the turn of the century as the most innovative and adventurous of the early motion picture makers. His 1902 film, "A Trip to the Moon," was remarkably similar in some ways to our own real-life adventure on Mars. One has to wonder whether he was inspired by the events of 1893-1895. Méliès' expertise in the area of things photographic proved invaluable on Mars.