"Martians: The Flagstaff Observations," of Percival Lowell

A detailed and precise summary of the Mars observations of Percival Lowell, published in Flagstaff, Arizona, from 1894-1916, as a resource basis for the StagePeaks production of the feature-length film 'Martians'

Flagstaff, AZ, March 14, 2012 --(PR.com)-- "I have no doubt that there is life and intelligence on Mars," Percival Lowell wrote in 1896 [Lowell Observatory Archives, August 1896, unidentified newspaper]. "No creatures resembling us are there. Local conditions, such as the thinness of the atmosphere . . . forbid it, but there are creatures of intelligence."

In a 1916 lecture shortly before his death at age 61, the M.I.T. professor of mathematics and Harvard graduate with a phi betta kappa, also wrote, "I notice from one Berkeley [Calif. newspaper] which makes me talk nonsense, to wit: that there are human beings on Mars, a thing of course I never stated. Our evidence is simply of intelligence there. How bodied we do not know." [P. Lowell to K.W. Ontbrank, Nov. 1,1916; footnoted in 'Lowell and Mars' by William Graves Hoyt, U. of Arizona Press, Tucson, 1976]

In 3 published bestsellers about Mars, between 1897 and 1908, as well as hundreds of drawings, photographs, and notes by Lowell and his fellow astronomers in the Annals and Archives at the Lowell Observatory & Institute still functioning on Mars Hill in Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell provided ample scientific study to form the basis of this feature length bio-pic, from local production company StagePeaks.

He was the first serious astronomer who developed the idea of an intelligently-constructed system of Canals and Oases all over the Red Planet, which led to the popular 1898 story 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells, which led directly to the sensational 1938 radio broadcast of the same name by Orson Welles; and which many observers have also theorized led to the similar scenario of the 1947 Roswell Flying Saucer incident(s).

These studies were also directly instrumental, in the StagePeaks analysis of the sources for its film in pre-production, in the astonishing 1953 masterpiece 'Invaders from Mars', which was among the first times the abduction/kidnapping phenomenon was postulated.

Among the many exact quotes by Lowell to be included in the StagePeaks movie, as an educational work as well, he wrote in the conclusion of his 1897 book 'Mars', on page 211 of the Conclusion: "To talk of Martian beings is not to mean Martian men. What manner of beings they may be we lack the data even to conceive."

"Martians: the Flagstaff Observations' is available on Kindle/Amazon for $4.99.
David Seals