The Mill on the Floss

The Martian Chronicles – “Rocket Summer”; “Ylla”; “The Summer Night”; “The Earth Men”; “The Taxpayer”; “The Third Expedition”

Summary In January of 1999, a rocket is launched from Ohio. It creates so much warmth that all the snow melts, and for a moment it is summer. In February of that same year, on Mars, a Martian woman named Ylla has dreams of a rocket coming down from the sky, bearing a light-skinned, blue-eyed …

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The Martian Chronicles – “–And the Moon Be Still as Bright”

Summary A year later, a fourth expedition lands, and it is successful. The crews physician, Hathaway, reports that almost all 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. When Biggs, another …

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The Martian Chronicles – “Way in the Middle of the Air”; “The Naming of Names”; “Usher II”

Summary Back on Earth, in June of 2003, a group of white men are sitting on the porch of a hardware store. News has come that all the Negroes in the American South have banded together to emigrate to Mars. They have built their own rockets. The white men are shocked. The Negroes walk by …

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The Martian Chronicles – “The Old Ones”; “The Martian”; “The Luggage Store”; “The Off Season”; “The Watchers”

Summary In August of 2005, Mars is finally flooded with retirees. By September, LaFarge and his wife Anna have settled in, but they still miss their deceased son, Tom. One night, Tom shows up on their porch. LaFarge has trouble believing that he is real, but Anna does not. She insists that they go into …

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The Martian Chronicles – “The Settlers”; “The Green Morning”; “The Locusts”; “Night Meeting”; “The Shore”; “Interim”; “The Musicians”

Summary In August of 2001, drawn by the promise of work, settlers begin to arrive. At first, many suffer from loneliness, as their numbers are few. Benjamin Driscoll is one such settler. Upon arrival, he had trouble breathing, so he made it his personal mission to plant oxygen-producing trees. He rides a motorcycle and plants …

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The Martian Chronicles – “There Will Come Soft Rains”; “The Million-Year Picnic”

Summary In August of 2026, in California, a fully-automated house announces that it is time to wake up. Yet the house is empty. Breakfast is automatically made, but there is no one to eat it. Outside, where the automatic sprinklers come on, a wall can be seen where the paint has all been burned off …

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