Timely, if morbid, I was just wondering…well, as the title says, who was the first (fictional) person to die on Mars?
The criteria being:
A) The person must be a human, from Earth. Preferably a named person, at that.
B) It’s going by date of publication, not in-story date.
Bonus points if the real-world location (on Mars) can be concretely identified with any precision.
The first one I can think of, off the top of my mind, from Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles:
Nathaniel York, from the First Expedition to Mars—bee-shot by a jealous Martian husband.
Publication date (of that story/chapter): 1950.
I imagine there might be a few contenders from Edison’s Conquest of Mars, from 1898, but I haven’t read the whole thing, yet.
So…anyone else have any ideas?