AUGUST 1999: The Summer Night CHARACTERS No specific ones. CONFLICT Protagonist - Martians who are receiving telepathic signals from Earthmen. Antagonist - Earthmen who are unwittingly sending their thoughts ahead of them as they travel towards Mars. Climax - The Martians grow disturbed by the sudden influx of alien information. Outcome - The Martians become uneasy and restless. THEMES The psychological toll of invasion and colonization. Summary On a pleasant summer night, Martians are surprised by alien thoughts from Earth, giving them insights of a culture they had never encountered before. Notes In a literal foreshadowing of events to come, the psychological impact of the Earthian invasion of Mars takes place before the invasion actually becomes effective.