Inspired by David Bowie’s song “Life on Mars”.
Nikolai Nevsky, a Russian astronomer, had been studying Mars for many years. Late November, in the year 1676, Nevsky noticed something peculiar about the red planet. As he gazed through his telescope he could see strange movement on the surface. For approximately one month, he sat alone, locked in his observatory. He watched the sky with little sleep and little food, refusing to let anyone bother him. When the police finally broke the door down, Nevsky was found dead. He lay on the floor with scattered papers around him. He had drawn hundreds of illustrations of the crimson world, engulfed in what seemed to be giant tentacles. Was Nevsky hallucinating or did he see something no one else has seen, before or after?