Suppose, an anonymous author wrote in 1909, that Mars is an older world than ours. Surely they would have long ago mastered "the intricacies of the mechanism of airships."

Wealthy Martians would own their own flying machines, navigating the air to call on friends. These friends might live on "huge aeroplanes accommodating hundreds and corresponding to floating villages or gigantic houseboats."


This sort of aerial life might be a necessity for those living within 50 or 60 degrees of the poles. As the icecaps shrink in the Spring, annual migrations would be imperative to avoid the great floods that would result. Owing to the lesser gravity on the red planet, "we can imagine that construction of flying machines adapted for use in the Martian atmosphere to be carried to a degree of perfection scarcely possible here."