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The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles The Earth Men Summary
Captain Jonathan Williams and his three-man crew arrive on Mars and just want someone to pat them on the back for being awesome space cowboys. All the Martians they meet seem unimpressed with their amazing trip. The housewife Mrs. Ttt is more worried about her baking. Mr. Aaa is too busy for them. A little girl would rather play with her spider. And Mr. Iii just wants them to fill out forms. Sounds a lot like an ordinary day on Earth. Finally, the Earth Men meet some Martians who are impressed enough to throw them a party. Oh, but it turns out these Martians are crazy. Since Martians are telepathic, they can make other people see their hallucinations. So, all those unimpressed Martians just thought the Earth Men were crazy, hallucinating Martians. Well, actually, they think Williams is hallucinating and that his three-man crew is part of his hallucination. Even the psychologist Mr. Xxx thinks Captain Williams is crazy. Since there's no way to cure this sort of craziness, Xxx shoots Williams. Well, obviously. The weird thing is, the other men still exist after Williams dies—even though Xxx thought they were just hallucinations. No worries, Xxx will just shoot them, too. Except that it turns out Xxx can still see the dead men and the rocket. Naturally, he thinks he's gone crazy, too. So he does the only logical thing and shoots himself.
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