What I seem to remember is that the Martian is stranded by the destruction of his civilization. Also, there is an odd detail that sticks in my brain: the Martian drops a bracelet (or a watch?) in a river, where the implication is that it could be found centuries later. The Martian may have intended to influence the development of humans. Quite poignant at the end.

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This sounds like Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan.

There is indeed a bracelet found at the end of that novel, which apparently belongs to an alien refugee cast away on an ancient earth.

  • I believe you are perfectly right. Very impressive. What a memory! – David Sills Jun 17 at 23:55
  • If my memory serves, the bracelet was stamped with the alien's name, Koriel – Martin Goldsack Jun 18 at 8:54

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