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The Coming of the Terrans by Leigh Brackett
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Nice collection of Brackett's Mars stories. I almost have to like books with ethnologists and archaeologists/tomb-robbers as protagonists. The usual themes found in these stories are all here--Mars is super-ancient and mysterious, its dead and dying cities full of strange dangers and iniquities. "Mars Minus Bisha" has a moving sort of cold equations element to it. "The Last Days of Shandakor" feels like a rewrite/improvement of the major plot point from _Thuvia, Maid of Mars_ (a deserted Martian city populated with moving images of people). "Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon" is almost Lovecraftian in its themes, tone, and conclusion. It also develops a key theme of Brackett's: Mars isn't home to Noble Savages, but rather Decadent Savages, whom no one should admire but everyone should respect for their wisdom, experience, and dangerousness. And then that's the point in "The Road to Sinharat" for sure.
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