Genesis: An Epic Poem
(Saybrook Publishing Co./Norton, 1988)
This poem is a true epic in form and style. Composed in iambic pentameter, it is exactly 10,000 lines long, and tells of the transformation of Mars into a planet habitable by human beings and Earthly lifeforms. The preface claims that it was not composed by Fred Turner but communicated to him in part by a future poet on a timeline that may not be realized. Genesis is, however, a full expression of Fred Turner's metaphysics, scientific philosophy, and theology, as well as being an action-packed science fiction narrative of war, family inheritance, betrayal, and gigantic technological achievement. It is something of a cult book in space research circles, and has led to invitations to speak and consult by NASA and the international space science association, COSPAR. It was the subject of a successful master's thesis by Curtis Carbonell at Clemson University.
An excerpt of Genesis is available.