The Martian Chronicles Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00CKOQC9C
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 21, 2013)
- Publication date : May 21, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 1049 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I prefer my books, and those I give my children, to remain as the author wrote them originally (translation aside), not updated, abridged, rewritten, or edited for a time long after they were written.
The book says Modern Classics at the bottom... Perhaps it should say "altered classics" instead.
It's important to get the true version of this book because "Way In The Middle Of The Air" is a truly pivotal story. In the over all arc of stories, the tired and dying Martian society goes extinct more from lassitude and being incurious than anything else. Meanwhile humans arrive and begin creating a more vibrant and hopeful society. However, the book isn't really about that. It's about the world Bradbury was living in with the fear of nuclear annihilation, Jim Crow, and a changing society. It's about progress here on earth and "Mars" as the place were going. This story shows the deep south of the early-mid 1900's as old, tired, and ready to die like the dead Martian societies. The imagery of the river is beautiful.
This one story makes it worthwhile to buy this particular edition of the book.
I wish this edition were listed separately from the crappy ones.
Can someone please list the specific editions which contain Bradbury's ENTIRE collection? That would be great.
Yes, but in different ways. Yes, there were technological anachronisms, such as typewriters. What was timeless were the people. There are explorations of what it means to be "them." First humans are the "them" to be feared and dealt with by the Martians. Then there is the "them" of the Martians. Even the humans divide into "us" and "them" at points. And there is the final story where the concept of "us" and "them" sees blurring.
Bradbury also explores the links between science, religion, and art. He looks at censorship and the killing of dreams. There are so many timeless themes in this book.
I believe if you consider yourself culturally literate, you should read this classic book. If you enjoy thoughtful fiction with philosophical implications, then you'll enjoy this book. If you read science fiction and haven't read this book, then you should pick it up next to see the roots of the stories today.
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Having said that, the 26 stories in the collection - some funny, some dark, some downright sad, and all wonderfully atmospheric - all weave together perfectly to create a poignant, beautifully realised 'history ' of migration to Mars, the quality of man, and the nature of human existence.
This is a true Classic Science Fiction collection comprising, as it does, the major individual chronicles that make up this iconic story. Some of these stories are not in every plublished edition of the Book and well done Kindle for issuing an edition that includes some of the less available stories.
Yes this is a Classic but I had not realized how dated some of Bradbury's writing style can come across now, though in no way does that diminish the totality of the social, political and (in an out dated way) scientific insights.
Interestingly I have just finished a Paperback Sci-Fi novel, comparatively recently written, in which one of Bradbury's characters is lifted - name, character and purpose - from one of the Chronicles. What a compliment, but what crass insousance.
Above all I felt this was thin stuff from a writer who could certainly do much better when it comes to building a picture of an alien race. After an amazing start, Bradbury was not trying his best when he wrote most of this. He took a handful of memes and just repeated and reiterated. There is a lack of development and depth. Too much is trivial and mischievous.