- Hardcover: 269 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096501746X
- ISBN-13: 978-0965017466
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
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Ray Bradbury wrote these short stories in the late 1940s at a time when we knew almost nothing about Mars. Some scientists even thought there were probably canals and the remnants of a dead or dying Martian civilization on Mars. Written as science fiction originally by Mr. Bradbury, our growing knowledge of Mars makes these assumptions science fantasy today. But don't let that shift rob these stories of their power over you.
But Mars was just the setting for a more serious set of questions. Mr. Bradbury was concerned that the world was too full of hate, war, short-sightedness, and greed to amount to much. He despaired as to whether humans would survive the discovery of the atomic bomb. From this raw material of human excess, he stitched together a powerful vision of our choices -- to operate at our best . . . or our worst. He appeals to our better selves in a vivid way that will be unforgettable to you, if you are like me.
The development of the book has an interesting history. Mr. Bradbury was in his late twenties, and had written quite a few short stories. While visiting New York, he showed his short stories to publishers who liked them. The publishers advised him that there was a market for novels, but not much of one for books of short stories. Then one night it hit him, he had the raw material for a novel about Mars if he simply wrote a few transition stories to fit with ones he had already written. He sat up late that night writing the book proposal, and sold it the next day. That concept became The Martian Chronicles.
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Mr. Bradbury wrote a story where all of the black people get fed up with the south, and the way they are treated, load up the rocket and leave all of the bigots behind. Incredibly some paper pushing editor must have thought this story would offend our sensitivities, and took it upon him or herself to remove it from the chronicles.
Strange that the work of Mr. Bradbury, a champion of free speech, is being edited.
Do not get this version! (I got hosed, but vowed to save my fellow readers from the same fate)!
The Martian Chronicles is one such book. Famously referred to by author Ray Bradbury as "a book of stories pretending to be a novel", the disparate parts somehow come together to form something more than a novel. Like Tolkien's war of the ring, this story of the settlement of Mars and its aftermath transcends genre-fiction and somehow becomes more like fictional history -- or, in this case, a cautionary fable.
Throughout these stories, the reader encounters themes of xenophobia, imperialism, censorship, war, and racism (though the story dealing with this most directly, "Way in the Middle of the Air", where, back on Earth, all black people decide to emigrate to Mars, is stupidly cut from many of the later editions). Although Bradbury tends to stick to these broad strokes throughout, rather than focusing on individual characters, there are also stories that chronicle the more personal struggles of violence, fear, loneliness, and isolation. Yet somehow it never manages to get mired down in its own bleak moralizing. Bradbury knows when to apply a light touch, and it never feels as if he is lecturing or proselytizing.Read more ›
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Just another amazing work by the one and only Ray Bradbury. This particular one has a few different chronicles than the standard one does, which made it fun for book club.Published 8 days ago by Rachael Mikelson
Great collection of stories by Ray Bradbury. If you've never read, definitely worth buying.Published 9 days ago by Brant
The book is amazing, the stories are realistic and yet fantastic and the prose is entrancing and at times deeply poetic.Published 10 days ago by Camilo Uribe Posada
What a great time-passer. Bradbury's imagination just does not quit. I love it! I cannot get enough of it!
I was sad to have reached the end of the book. Read more
Fascinating. What it lacks in real emotion and main character focus, it makes up for in premise and philosophy. Read morePublished 10 days ago by JamieGamer
Bradbury often writes prose as poetry. Images of Mars in its stark beauty contrast to the stain brought by Earth's pioneers. So many themes, so few pages to explore them all. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Since its publication more than sixty years ago, Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles has been a seminal work of literary science fiction. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Matthew Kresal
"Named but unnamed, and borrowing from humans everything but humanity."
Ray Bradbury's classic, The Martian Chronicles, is a collection of Mars stories written... Read more