The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

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Man, was a a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in wave... Each wave different, and each wave stronger. The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins, 2013
ISBN: 9780062242266
Characteristics: 288 p
Additional Contributors: 3M Company

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Ratsarecool3
Sep 22, 2017

It was an odd start, and I was a bit hesitant to read it at first, but after the first few stories it became one of the best books I have read. So poetic and insightful, so beautiful. I could not put this book down, and it placed Ray Bradbury as one of my favorite authors.

nathanielsoria Apr 11, 2017

Ray Bradbury was way ahead of his time. This book put him on the top of my favorite author's list. His brevity is punctual and effective. He gives you just enough to let your imagination fly. And yet, the words chosen by his characters, can make you cry or be filled with rage.

"Martian Chronicles" is a tragic look into the world's future of space exploration, with one foot in the past, hinting back at America's Manifest Destiny or other Empire's notions of divine right to conquer. Not many heroes emerge in the series of short stories. One thread that connects them all, Mars– both Native Martian life and Earth-Martian life. The collision of Earth's exploration is tragic, but what's even more tragic is the after-thought Earthlings give to their native predecessors. A still relevant story for the modern reader.

As a filmmaker, this book was inspiring on so many levels. I only dream and hope to weave a good narrative like Bradbury. His work is incredible. I highly recommend.

cmlibrary_ecrites Nov 28, 2016

This was one of my earliest experiences with science fiction and is a book that I return to again and again. I am always reminded why I connected with it initially while finding new things to love about it each time.

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philipriley1234
Nov 20, 2016

This is a super fun and poignant sci fi book. It's a collection of different stories, surrounding different characters, presented through the timeline of humans' colonization of Mars. I like the aspect of martian telepathic communication, and how that affects humans and what they choose to consider real. There are some really funny parts, and some really pessimistic parts, especially when the future humans are looking back at the Earth's consuming wars and ignorant environmental practices. This book is more poetic than most sci fi, without too much details of the technology or science, and more about the feelings of the characters. A great read for anyone who likes the classics, science fiction, or drama.

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ZacharyD
Jun 13, 2016

A wonderful collection of short stories intertwined into the perfect novel about Mars. Throughout The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury tackles the subjects of atomic warfare, censorship, imperialism, and much more in the most humorous way. As quick a read as it is entertaining, I would rank it quite high amongst Bradbury's catalogue of books. Being his first published novel, I imagine the short story, in The Martian Chronicles, about censorship and book burning led to his eventual classic Fahrenheit 451. I'd highly recommend anyone read this book.

ChristchurchLib Apr 05, 2016

These interconnected short stories describe Earth's colonization of Mars, from the first expedition ships to the establishment of permanent settlements to the conflicts that arise between Earthlings and Martians -- and their far-reaching repercussions. One of the late Ray Bradbury's most beloved and enduring works, The Martian Chronicles blends thought-provoking scenarios and evocative descriptions of both the red planet and its inhabitants.

Veepea Apr 16, 2015

I liked how Ray Bradbury tightened up the story of The Martian Chronicles when he adapted it into a play. He tweaked only a few details, but it really made it more cohesive and logical, with a better flow. A nice, fantastical story, but bittersweet.

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peasworth
Feb 27, 2015

A disjointed book. With some very interesting and imaginative descriptions.
Nice short and enclosed chapters makes it a good read for quick breaks.

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Bartolomew
Jan 21, 2015

Classic Bradbury. Excellent. This novel was so good they made a movie which was also....excellent, though a little cheapish in view of production values. I don't know why another reviewer said it was underappreciated and "less known" as far as I know it was one of his better known and much appreciated works, they made a movie of it!

NYPLRecommends Jul 28, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Mars! Present day humans are signing up for the no-return trip by the thousands. These short stories were originally published in pulp magazines in the 40s. Utopian -- not dystopian -- sci-fi meets the novel of stories genre. It’s all in there.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Advisory

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Sep 22, 2017

A collection of short stories detailing humans' first attempts to get to Mars, all the way to the destruction of their former home and the civilization that they built on the Red Planet.

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