short story, apparently inspired by this week's "A Rose for Ecclesiastes," was also set on Mars. It started me thinking about what a loss it was when life on Mars was disproven. Sure, sci-fi has imagined life elsewhere and it may even be possible, but that rich body of sci-fi that depicted Martians, aliens that were relatively in our backyard, now seem silly. (Oddly, this week's story was written in 1963, after life on Mars had already been disproven.) In any case, I think we're at a point when Martian stories can make a comeback. What if, in our rush to colonize Mars, another alien life form has the same idea and beats us there? Boom, we've got Martians again. Then, this idea has probably already been done, like all of my great ideas: I'm looking at you, ringtones.
Back to this week's story, it was far superior to last week's. Also talking about religion and a smattering of other potentially heavy philosophical pursuits, I thought Zelazny never let the plot get away. It was enjoyable even if one didn't feel the desire to dissect it. However, because of this subtlety, it's is more inviting to analyze. I personally enjoyed the implications that great poets offer a path to the truth.