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February 2003: Interim

CHARACTERS

No one specific.



CONFLICT

Protagonist

The Earthian settlers, who continue to arrive and mold Mars.

Antagonist

Mars itself.

Climax

Settlement by the Earthians continue as Mars becomes home to more Earthian towns.

Outcome

The progress of colonization continues apace.


THEMES

Again the progress of colonization: this time, the arrival of religion and art to better round out the human experience in this new world.


Summary

Lumber is sent to Mars as a town is erected, with churches and artists now making their mark. It seems as if a town from Iowa has been dropped on the face of Mars.

Notes

The reference to an Earthian town being recreated in Mars echoes "The Third Expedition" but the threat is now reversed: it is Mars at the mercy of Earthians and not Earthians at the mercy of Martians. There is also an odd, unintended disjunction as the notion of a beachcomber in an Iowa town seems odd, at best.


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