Agent James West is protecting a shipment of gold en route to an Arizona town when he sees a flaming light in the sky and hears a loud crash. West and the townspeople discover that a spaceship has landed and they witness three green women, resembling Martians, coming out of the ship. Apparently, the women want to trade the precious gems on their clothing for gold, which will be used as fuel for their spaceship's return trip. Artemus Gordon, posing as an expert jeweler, senses a scam as he examines one of the gems. Written by
Did You Know?
Hellfire Simon uses the terms "outer space" and "flying saucer". The former term was recorded as early as 1847 by English poet Lady Emmeline Stuart-Wortley, but the region above the atmosphere was more commonly referred to as "the ether" (or aether) until the Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887 (at least 10 years after this story takes place). The latter term, however, did not come into use until the 1947 sighting by Kenneth Arnold
(disc-shaped flying objects, however, had been reported, according to some interpretations, as far back as the Middle Ages). West's use of "flying saucer" at the closing scene can be attributed to Simon's earlier mention. See more