Blue Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
In his Hugo Award-winning science fiction classic Blue Mars, American writer Kim Stanley Robinson imagines an encounter with the Third Man factor on Mars. One of the book's characters, Sax, is trapped in a severe storm in extreme cold, unable to locate his rover vehicle. Suddenly, he is approached by a form that turns out to be, he believes, a dead friend, Hiroko. She assists him to his feet, and leads him to his rover. After he enters the vehicle, Sax looks back but Hiroko has vanished into the storm. Later on, he is tempted to tell two others about his encounter with the presence, but resists, "afraid of seeming overwrought, even delusional." Robinson writes: "[Sax] knew now that Terran climbers alone at high altitude, suffering from oxygen loss, not infrequently hallucinated companion climbers. Some kind of doppelganger figure. Rescue by anima. And his air tube had been partly clogged."
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Flaubert’s ‘Temptation of Saint Anthony’, Guy de Maupassant’s ‘The Horla’, and, of course, T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. All have been linked to the Third Man Factor. If you come across an example, add it here.