- Yes, there seem to be no others.
- So what do they do there?
I didn't know how to answer that question. Those were the stories different from what I was used to. Our science fiction was optimistic. It described the technological wonders of the future, when people could concentrate on things that mattered the most. In our fiction people were not only powerful but kind and considerate. They also worked together in meeting new civilizations or sometimes the remnants of those civilizations. One novel I particularly remembered- it described the case when Earthlings uncovered a Martian message on the Moon and found out that Mars was inhabited by the humanoid civilization long before people appeared on Earth. At the same time I remembered War of Worlds by HG Wells.
- How do the Martians look like in that book?
- That's the issue. There is no physical description of them. There's a mentioning of masks they wore. They seem to be humanoids but with telepathy powers. Apparently they found out about people coming from Earth long before the rockets actually landed and they decided to kill those people. That's how it started.
- Wait, wait, but we all know that Mars has very rarified atmosphere and it is uninhabitable.
- It's science fiction. In that book he describes Mars as some kind of an eternal desert but with water springs and a very blue sky over it. I had been to the oasis in the desert once; that's the place that sounds familiar. In any case, those Martians killed the first three expeditions; the first one was killed by an individual, the second one was lured into the madhouse and the third, the big one was killed by imagination.
- What do you mean?