A man exiled to Mars after contracting “blood rust,” Saul is deeply bored and lonely. He desperately longs to return to Earth, or, really, for any intellectual stimulation whatsoever amidst the desolate Martian landscape. A… read analysis of Saul Williams
The story’s titular visitor, Leonard Mark is a young, relatively healthy arrival to Mars, with the fantastical ability to implant visions in others’ minds. Upon meeting Saul for the first time, Mark makes New York… read analysis of Leonard Mark
A Martian exile with blood rust who, along with four other men, finds Saul and Mark hiding out in a cave. When Mark suggests a schedule to share his abilities with all of the men… read analysis of Johnson
The Man on the Blanket
A Martian exile with blood rust who is far more along in his illness than is Saul. Early in the story, Saul tries to engage the man in conversation, but he proves too exhausted… read analysis of The Man on the Blanket
A Martian exile with blood rust who, along with Johnson and three other men, finds Saul and Mark hiding out in the cave. When a fight erupts between the men, Johnson shoots and kills Smith and Saul.