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From "Rocket Summer" to "The Million-Year Picnic," Ray Bradbury's stories of the colonization of Mars form an eerie mesh of past and future. Written in the 1940s, the chronicles drip with nostalgic atmosphere--shady porches with tinkling pitchers of lemonade, grandfather clocks, chintz-covered sofas. But longing for this comfortable past proves dangerous in every way to Bradbury's characters--the golden-eyed Martians as well as the humans. Starting in the far-flung future of 1999, expedition after expedition leaves Earth to investigate Mars. The Martians guard their mysteries well, but they are decimated by the diseases that arrive with the rockets. Colonists appear, most with ideas no more lofty than starting a hot-dog stand, and with no respect for the culture they've displaced.
Bradbury's quiet exploration of a future that looks so much like the past is sprinkled with lighter material. In "The Silent Towns," the last man on Mars hears the phone ring and ends up on a comical blind date. But in most of these stories, Bradbury holds up a mirror to humanity that reflects a shameful treatment of "the other," yielding, time after time, a harvest of loneliness and isolation. Yet the collection ends with hope for renewal, as a colonist family turns away from the demise of the Earth towards a new future on Mars. Bradbury is a master fantasist and The Martian Chronicles are an unforgettable work of art. --Blaise Selby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A modern classic” —The Washington Post
“A giant…One of the country’s most popular and prolific authors.” —Los Angeles Times
“One of the greats of twentieth century American fantasy.” —Newsday
“There is no simpler, yet deeper, stylist than Bradbury. Out of the plainest of words he creates images and moods that readers seem to carry with them forever.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A wonderful storyteller….Nearly everything he has written is sheer poetry.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
It was good but not my type of book. I was confused a little but other than that it was very good.Published 1 day ago by Zachary Renier
Excellent writing. I think in many ways you see the beginnings of science fiction writing, especially from the american POV. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Trevor Coleman
Kind of like putting together a puzzle. Not all of the stories are tied together, but as a body of work, the whole novel works.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Been meaning to read this for years. I wasn't exactly what I was expecting--more of a morality tale about human hubris, through the lens of several disparate stories rather than... Read morePublished 20 days ago by W. Mark Smillie
It's been years since I had read any Ray Bradbury stories, and I had forgotten how good a writer he was, how fluid and evocative his prose is. Read morePublished 26 days ago by avidreader
It's a classic read it, if you like science fiction, read it, if you like literature read it, you can't go wrong with this book. I love it, have several copies of it actually.Published 1 month ago by Olaso
Very different read than i normally have. I enjoyed it. Very much.Published 1 month ago by Anna Mendoza