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I read a story in 7th grade that had to do with people going to Mars to colonize it. I remember the story being very eerie in tone. At first the landscape on Mars was very inhospitable, but slowly they terraformed it so that it had springs, grass, etc. Over the course of their stay, though, they began to slowly change -- physically and mentally. I don't remember much else about it except the ending, in which I think one of the characters looks into a pool of water and notices he looks just like a Martian, complete with golden(?) eyes.

I'm also not sure if this was an excerpt from a larger novel or if it was indeed just a short story. It was in one of those huge literature books which might've contained either.

It was one of the first stories that made me realize the power and beauty in writing, so I'd very much like to find it. Any pointers are appreciated!

  • Not the answer, but the Fred Pohl novel Man Plus is a adapting man for Mars story. – dmckee May 8 '13 at 18:36
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The story is "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" by Ray Bradbury. You can find a summary of it here to confirm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_They_Were,_and_Golden-Eyed

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    I had a feeling this would be a Bradbury story from the description. +1 – Beofett May 8 '13 at 16:55
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    But oddly enough, it's not in "The Martian Chronicles" (which I flipped through first when I saw this question). The version I read was in "S is for Space" – Bob Warwick May 8 '13 at 17:57
  • That's it! Thank you very much, sir. – asteri May 8 '13 at 18:04
  • @BobWarwick I was just finishing searching the stories in The Martian Chronicles when I saw that you had already found the answer :P – Beofett May 8 '13 at 18:12

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