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The Martian Chronicles The Silent Towns

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The Silent Towns

  • Walter Gripp is the last man on Mars. 
  • He was an isolated miner when the war happened, which is why he missed all the rockets going back to Earth.
  • But now he's really isolated, and also really sad about it. 
  • Until, that is, he hears a phone ringing. 
  • It's the last woman on Mars, Genevieve Selsor. 
  • Last woman, last man: obviously, they're meant to be together, right?
  • Gripp dreams about how nice it will be to have a beautiful woman around and goes off to find her.
  • Not so much.
  • Oh, sure, he finds her, but she's not exactly his dream girl. Like, she eats a lot of chocolate and she only wants to watch the same movie over and over again. 
  • So when Genevieve brings out a wedding dress, Gripp runs away and lives happily by himself. Genevieve, we assume, goes back to eating chocolates and watching her movie. 
  • Hey, maybe it's a happy ending after all.

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