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
"A wonderful storyteller....Nearly everything he has written is sheer poetry." --"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"
"One of the greats of twentieth century American fantasy." --"Newsday"
"A giant...One of the country's most popular and prolific authors." --"Los Angeles Times"
"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"