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Having recently seen Robinson Crusoe on Mars, I of course noticed how unrealistic it is. However given that it was released in 1964, before the first landing of any space probe on Mars, I wonder how realistic it was based on the state of knowledge about Mars back then.

  • "I wonder how realistic it was based on the state of knowledge about Mars back then." 'Not very'. I recall one of the Sci-Fi greats (Asimov?) commenting on (OK.. apologizing for) a story he'd written with WTE *"Yeah.. we already knew the chances of life on Mars were slim when I wrote that story (in the 50s) - but I chose to ignore that for the sake of the narrative". – Andrew Thompson Oct 17 '15 at 10:47
  • @AndrewThompson: On the other hand, IIRC the only life forms he encounters on Mars are (1) visitors from another planet, and (2) some plants (which might not be originally from Mars, but also be brought there by those other visitors). – celtschk Oct 17 '15 at 13:20

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