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Daemon
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Mars is similar to Earth in a number of ways: It has a 24.6-hour day and may have once had liquid water on its surface. Though life on Mars would likely resemble bacteria if it existed at all, the idea of human-like beings living on Mars has long captivated humanity. After American astronomer Percival Lowell came to believe, in the 1890s, that Mars had intelligently built canals, many science-fiction authors began to write about Martians. What effectively ended the trend of Martians in fiction? More...
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Mars is similar to Earth in a number of ways: It has a 24.6-hour day and may have once had liquid water on its surface. Though life on Mars would likely resemble bacteria if it existed at all, the idea of human-like beings living on Mars has long captivated humanity. After American astronomer Percival Lowell came to believe, in the 1890s, that Mars had intelligently built canals, many science-fiction authors began to write about Martians. What effectively ended the trend of Martians in fiction?
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Mars is similar to Earth in a number of ways: It has a 24.6-hour day and may have once had liquid water on its surface. Though life on Mars would likely resemble bacteria if it existed at all, the idea of human-like beings living on Mars has long captivated humanity. After American astronomer Percival Lowell came to believe, in the 1890s, that Mars had intelligently built canals, many science-fiction authors began to write about Martians.
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The Free Dictionary intro to the article ends with the question " What effectively ended the trend of Martians in fiction?"

That question does not seem to be addressed on the Free Dictionary version of the Wikipedia article linked. However, upon reading this Wikipedia article Mars in Fiction it is clear that the Mariner expedition in July 1965 revealed that Mars was heavily cratered, with a very thin atmosphere and no surface water. Subsequent fiction about Mars tended to treat it as a desert planet.
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It hasn't ended - just changed meaning. Now a Martian is a native or inhabitant of Mars, human by colonisation or otherwise!
Marek Guman
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Dan Lewis, let's not forget toxic soil with very fine particles, though this was probably not known until relatively recently.

thar - That is exactly what the article mentions, and it is an important shift. People living on Mars would really become a different humanoid species after some generations because of low gravity.
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