Red Hand of Mars
In 1870, Thomas Edison invented the Aether Propeller, making possible humanity’s first known expedition to Mars. Somehow, the Martians already knew of Earth men; some of the Martian city-states met the expedition with open hostility, while others offered trade and professed friendship. the Scramble for Mars began, and soon several of the Great Powers had colonies or outposts on the Red Planet. Inventors and scientists, inspired by Edison’s success, dreamed up new inventions. As wealth flowed into the upper classes of the colonial powers, social and diplomatic tensions grew.
And then the Martians invaded Earth….