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Mars Dreaming

The First’s subject is as hoary as Horace: those who cross the ocean change their sky but not their soul.                    —Ed Cumming ________________________ Since the publication of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells in 1897, popular imagination has been drawn to the idea of humans travelling to, and colonising, the planet Mars. Every decade new books and films are released exploring scenarios about whether life exists or ever existed on Mars, whether Martians would be benign or hostile, and whether the planet could sustain human life, should we be able to figure out a way to get…

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