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Martian (Ray Bradbury)

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The Martians are native telepathic humanoids native to the planet Mars. Their civilization has been in decline, but they still survive in small numbers during the period of Human colonization of the red planet.


Martians have fair, brownish skin, thin and slender wrists and necks, and six fingers. They also have large yellow coin eyes and soft musical voices. These Martians live on Mars, but call their planet Tyrr. They have adjusted to an atmosphere with thin oxygen. They can also swim, but do it out of leisure in their canals filled with sand.

Martians see humans as large misshapen giants, and find it odd that humans have black hair and blue eyes. They also find their spacecrafts unnerving, describing spaceships humans use as round and alien. (February 1999: YLLA). They have taken to drinking green liquors from wine trees during festivities. Their children play with golden spiders commanded by telepathy.

When Martians die, they melt and seem to dissolve into white ash, which is easily blown away by the wind. Chickenpox is deadly to them, as they die almost instantly from the chickenpox virus, leaving only ashy charred remains in their wake. All Martians have strong telepathic abilities. They are even able to project images unto others telepathically. Martians who are unable to control their telepathy are put in an insane asylum. (April 2000: THE THIRD EXPEDITION). These Martians can change shape, project images, and influence olfactory and auditory images through their telepathy. They can even access the memories of Earth men (August 1999: THE SUMMER NIGHT). Sometimes, a Martian's telepathy can foretell events (February 1999: YLLA).



Martians use mist coming from Phials as their scarves and accessories. Similarly, some Martians have thick blind blue crystals over their yellowish eyes. They often wear golden, blue and crimson mask with silver lips and bronze eyebrows. They will wear masks that smile or masks that frown, according to the owners' dispositions. These masks are cut from glass and fitted over thin necks. They also wear billowing loose robes. Special leaders of Martians wear diamond-encrusted gloves.

Domestic ActivitiesEdit

They have houses with crystal pillars and triangular doors. They clean their houses with magnetic dust which attracts dirt, and blows away in the hot wind. They sleep on fog beds which evaporate with the coming day.

Education, Culture and ArtEdit

Martians read from metal book with raised hieroglyphs, much like Braille. The pages of these books are tissue-thin and made of pure silver. They are hand-painted in black and gold. To read, Martians brush their fingers over these painted and raised images. When Martians brush their hands against the pages of their books, a soft ancient voice sings. One such book that Yll, (found in the short story February 1999: YLLA) a Martian, reads tells of the red steam on the shores, ancient men and metal insects which carry electric spiders into battle. They paint using chemical fire as well.

Martian weapons consist of long yellowish tubes ending in bellows and a trigger. This weapon hums, for it contains hordes of poisonous golden bees. These bees are flung out from the Martian's weapons with a high shriek and at high speeds. After being flung out, these bees die.


The major Martian city is Xi City. Martians also named places after their physical description, such as Green Valley and Blue Mountain


Martians use flame birds to travel. A Martian may strap white canopy-like structures tied by a thousand green ribbons to the feet of said flame birds. Vocal commands from Martians make these birds move. Similarly, ancient Martians have ridden Spider-like creatures into battle. To cross their seas, Martians have blue-sailed Martian sand ships.


Martians are said to blend art and religion into their living. They have combined science and religion in such a way that both are able to work side by side, as one enriches the other. They do not question their existence, for their answer for living is the fact that they exist. For them, living is enough. Their answer to questions regarding their existence is the fact that they are alive, and the fact that they must live good lives.


  • Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Doubleday, 1958.

Behind the scenesEdit

Martians come from Ray Bradbury's book The Martian Chronicles. This book is a collection of short stories about Martian society, human's invasion of Mars, and a redefinition of the term Martian, as humans slowly incorporate themselves into the desolate landscape of the red planet. This collection of science fiction short stories range from the year 1999 to 2057.

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