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Mars has long exerted a pull on the human imagination. The erratically moving red star in the sky was seen as sinister or violent by the ancients: The Greeks identified it with Ares, the god of war; the Babylonians named it after Nergal, god of the underworld. To the ancient Chinese, it was Ying-huo, the fire planet.

John Updike

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Author Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American
Born: March 18, 1932
Died: January 27, 2009

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