The Man Who Would Be King (of Mars)
Phil Davies doesn’t seem like a mad scientist bent on conquering another planet: he’s a mild-mannered general practitioner in a small town in southern England. But, with a telescope and an array of lasers, he’s making a claim that he owns Mars, and he’s presented it to the United Nations. Some thirteen thousand prospective landowners have signed on to his plan. What’s a country doctor going to do with a planet, anyway?