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The Martian

by Allen Glasser

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Science Fiction Story: The Martians had been sending a message to Earth for 5000 years, waiting for a response, but recently stopped. Why? They have interplanetary travel, yet no way to determine if any life exists here? In our infancy of space exploration, we are thoroughly exploring Mars to see if it can or ever could have supported life as we know it.

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Many writers of science fiction, who have not given the matter much thought, assume that a man of intelligence from one planet would meet a cordial and sympathetic welcome on another world. It is assumed that people are everywhere educated, curious about other worlds and other cultures, and eager to help a visitor from an alien race.

Unfortunately there is no assurance that such is the case. Even were the members of another race, on another world possessed of education, there would be bound to be among them low and brutish elements. And if a stranger from another world, dazed by new conditions and unable to make his wants known, were to fall into their hands his fate might not be happy.

We have read no story that pictures with such clarity and insight the experiences of a man on another world than his own, than does this present story. With the basis of a splendid plot Mr. Hilliard has worked up a simply marvelous story.

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