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Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Three: The Summer Night

This was first published as “The Spring Night” in The Arkham Sampler, Winter 1948. This short vignette tells of Martians throughout Mars who, like Ylla, begin subconsciously picking up stray thoughts from the humans aboard the Second Expedition’s ship. As the ship approaches their planet, the Martians begin to adopt aspects of human culture such as playing and singing American songs, without any idea where the inspirations are coming from.

A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years from 1999 to 2030.


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