The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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What does Hathaway build to make himself feel more at home on Mars?

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In the story "April 2026: The Long Years," Hathaway builds four robots to represent his wife, son, and daughters after their deaths. With his family buried in a Martian graveyard after an unknown virus takes their lives, Hathaway builds replicas of his dead relatives "with all the power of mind and memory and accuracy of finger and genius."

His genius remains undiscovered until he meets Captain Wilder from the Fourth Expedition (of which he was a crew member) after twenty years. Captain Wilder offers to take...

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