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Summary A Martian woman has dreams of a rocket coming down from the sky containing a light-skinned blue-eyed creature named Nathaniel York Her husband is weary and when the rocket lands he shoots the men All over Mars people begin to hum Earth tunes and have strange dreams When a second rocket lands the astronauts get out and explore They say they are from Earth but everyone thinks they are crazy people who have hallucinated their rocket Thus they are all shot by a psychologist Meanwhile on Earth a crazed taxpayer tries to board the third rocket to Mars but he is denied When it lands the astronauts find themselves in an ideal small American town They meet their dead relatives and split up to have dinner with lost parents and brothers Captain John Black goes to bed next to his long-lost brother only to realize that it is probably all a Martian trap His brother kills him before he can leave the room A year later a fourth expedition lands and it is successful Almost all the Martians have died of chicken pox apparently acquired from one of the previous expeditions Captain Wilder lets his men drink and dance but this angers the archaeologist in the crew Jeff Spender Spender feels humbled by the great Martian civilization and wants the rest of the crew to be dignified He goes crazy and tries to kill the crew Wilder reasons with him and is somewhat sympathetic but finally has to shoot him Settlers begin to arrive on Mars drawn by the promise of work Benjamin Driscolls job is to plant trees One morning after it finally rains he turns around and sees that the once-barren landscape is now covered with green Another settler Tomas Gomez experiences an even stranger event when in the middle of nowhere he runs into a Martian They cannot touch each other seeming to exist on different time-planes The
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