Prior to Human settlement of Mars, the term "Martian" referred to an imagined species native to the planet. Martians were often featured in science fiction stories of the 19th and 20th centuries such as The War of the Worlds and those featured in Incredible Tales of Scientific Wonder. (TOS short story: "The Aliens Are Coming!", ENT episode: "Similitude", TNG - Section 31 novel: Rogue, DS9 episode & novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)
One imagining of this fictional race were part of a RPG developed by Elizabeth Cutler to pass the time aboard the United Earth Starfleet vessel Enterprise. These Martians were described as being green with sharp, pointy teeth. (ENT novel: By the Book)
In one permutation of the mirror universe, the Martians were extinct, leaving behind artifacts such as buried sculptures in caves and writing laid down deep for preservation in sandstone strata. These were destroyed when Mars was being colonized. (TNG novel: Dark Mirror)
- It is unknown if such artifacts were found in the primary universe.
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