"The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury.

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Ylla, a martian woman, has dreams of an Earth man, with black hair and blue eyes, coming to her and speaking to her. Yll becomes angry and jealous and "goes hunting" one day. Ylla was tricked into staying home. She heard a shot in the distance; Nathaniel York is not seen again.

That Fall, many Martians begin to hum songs from Earth, the children chant Earth rhymes, and have strange dreams. The next morning four men from Earth visit Mars. They are ignored and considered "beautifully insane", and eventually killed by Mr. Xxx when the Martians assumed their ship and crew members were hallucinations.

The next rocket lands in a shockingly Earth-like community. They find that those living there are dead family members who say they were sent there when they died without explanation. The crew splits up to be with their own families, and are all murdered before the end of the first night.

Another rocket is launched. The crew lands to find all martian life killed by chickenpox, apparently they were infected from previous missions from Earth. The men get a little cocky, and get drunk. The crew psychologist, Spender, goes crazy and shoots many of the crew members. Eventually, he is shot and killed by the captain.

A man by the name of Driscoll settled there, he had trouble breathing so his mission was to plant trees. Johnny Appleseed style, he rides a motorcycle and drops seeds wherever he goes. After it rains, he wakes up to find that the entire horizon is nothing but green.

So, the missions continue and many people are building new Earth-like communities on Mars. Twenty years pass. Most of the people on Mars have gone. In 2026, an automated house announces that it is time to...