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Martian School. Reading Ray Bradbury in Russia

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-           Yes, there seem to be no others.


-           So what do they do there?


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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.


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-           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.


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- 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?

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