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BOOK ONE: THE COMING OF THE MARTIANS

CHAPTER ONE: THE EVE OF THE WAR, excerpt



No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century [between 1890-1899] that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water . With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars , perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century [between 1900-1910] came the great disillusionment.



Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, expressed any idea that intelligent life might have developed there far, or indeed at all, beyond its earthly level. Nor was it generally understood that since Mars is older than our earth, with scarcely a quarter of the superficial area and remoter from the sun, it necessarily follows that it is not only more distant from time's beginning but nearer its end.



The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour. Its physical condition is still largely a mystery, but we know now that even in its equatorial region the midday temperature barely approaches that of our coldest winter. Its air is much more attenuated than ours , its oceans have shrunk until they cover but a third of its surface, and as its slow seasons change huge snowcaps gather and melt about either pole and periodically inundate its temperate zones. That last stage of exhaustion, which to us is still incredibly remote, has become a present-day problem for the inhabitants of Mars. The immediate pressure of necessity has brightened their intellects, enlarged their powers, and hardened their hearts. And looking across space with instruments, and intelligences such as we have scarcely dreamed of, they see, at its nearest distance only 35,000,000 of miles sunward of them, a morning star of hope, our own warmer planet, green with vegetation and grey with water, with a cloudy atmosphere eloquent of fertility, with glimpses through its drifting cloud wisps of broad stretches of populous country and narrow, navy-crowded seas.



And we men, the creatures who inhabit this earth, must be to them at least as alien and lowly as are the monkeys and lemurs to us . The intellectual side of man already admits that life is an incessant struggle for existence, and it would seem that this too is the belief of the minds upon Mars. Their world is far gone in its cooling and this world is still crowded with life, but crowded only with what they regard as inferior animals. To carry warfare sunward is, indeed, their only escape from the destruction that, generation after generation, creeps upon them.





In three to five complete sentences, explain why the inhabitants of Mars are interested in Earth. Use information from the text to support your answer. Use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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inhabitants of mars would be interested in mars because they would need more water earth has many water and mars has unknown water so it would make sense. Also they would need a better food source because for all we know inhabitants of mars would just eat the dirt meanwhile earth has many sources of food. Finally,inhabitants of mars would probably not need air because mars has no oxygen meaning that they would most likely want a more ordinary temperature than the cold temperature.

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It is important to use information from reliable sources because if you know its a safe and trustworthy website then it would make sense to trust the info inside it.For example if your friend is trustworthy and has never lied to you and he says that vitamin D is from the sun but you thought vitamin C was from the sun you would most likely trust them more because they never lied to you.Also if the source is unreliable then you probably wouldn't even go onto the website or trust it so it makes more sense to trust a reliable website. Another example would be when you read a dictionary you would always trust it because that is !00% facts meaning that you would not need to doubt it for even a second because literally nobody has ever made a dictionary where it says that light is where all the less vision is and it makes you see less. This is why you must trust only reliable sources/websites.    

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