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" The Visitor " by Ray Bradbury

From the anthology The Illustrated Man collection by Ray Bradbury. See The Illustrated Man anthology discussion hub for more info on the anthology and pointers to discussion of its other stories.

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In the future, people are sent to Mars as a fatal disease quarantine, where they wait to die. (Seems an expensive way to deal with the problem.) A new arrival has a strange supernatural power, and all the dying want to take advantage of it. Sharing is good; Greed never pays, at least in stories.

RJ - Slayer of Trolls (hawk5391yahoocom) Another Twilight-Zone-esque story. This was almost like something PKD would've written, except he would have mined it for laughs. I still thought it was one of the better stories in the collection.

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Andrea | 2891 comments I also enjoyed this one. A cliche when it comes to destroying the very thing you're fighting to own, but I liked the imagery such as the desolate Mars where people are sent to die (although at least one guy was sitting under a tree but I decided to picture a more Mars-like Mars) and also the unusual thing the people are fighting over.

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