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The Best Sci-Fi Martians EverThis month, NASA released news that its Discovery Rover had discovered organic matter on Mars.
While that's not necessarily proof of life on Mars, it's more evidence that such a thing is or could have been possible.
With that in mind, we're paying tribute to fiction's most iconic denizens of the red planet.
FIRST UP: War of the Worlds
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The Martians of War of the WorldsH.G. Wells' War of the Worlds is perhaps the prototypical Martian invasion story. And Orson Welles' later radio broadcast adaptation of the classic story is the stuff of legend, having inspired real panic among folks who missed that the broadcast was fiction and not news of an actual invasion by Martians.
Welles' visual idea of the Martian's ships with their round bodies and spindly, spider-like legs has also influenced the portrayal of UFO's in popular culture for decades.
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Dr. ManhattanDoctor Manhattan may not be a native of Mars (like Mark Watney), but in Watchmen it's something of his home away from home, with key scenes taking place on Mars' surface.
Mars is also where Dr. Manhattan flees at the end of the story, after Ozymandias' cataclysmic plans come to fruition.
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Uncle MartinRay Watson's comedic Uncle Martin may be an outdated reference to some (despite a reboot film in the 90s), but for the generations raised on black and white broadcasts and TV Land reruns, My Favorite Martian's eccentric Martian anthropologist was practically definitive.
And we'd be remiss not to mention the show's human co-star Bill Bixby, who went on to co-star with another green guy you might have heard of...
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