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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 the Mass Market Paperback edition.
“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.
A great book, if somewhat dated. Taken in perspective, this is a must for any SF reader.Published 2 months ago by David R Townend
I used to read Ray Bradbury when I was a girl. Captivated then and captivated now. So prescient, imaginative, and well written.Published 4 months ago by appreciative
What can I say Ray Bradbury. Awesome story line which runs from beginning to the end.Published 11 months ago by Rio
All of us have enjoyed the writing prowess of Ray Bradbury throughout his writing career. His style, while varied, has given us the rich boyhood tales from 'Dandelion Wine' to his... Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2013 by Ronald W. Maron
very good book and I enjoyerd it a lot I recommand it to all my friends and IM sure they will buy it Bradbury was a very good writerPublished on Aug. 15 2013 by Claude Couillard
This came a bit late but in good shape. (although a sticker on the side of the book kinda damaged the cover a bit... Read morePublished on July 3 2011 by H_rry H_dler
The first time I read this book I was in high school and in the latter half of a research program on chemical perception enhancement. At the time I thought this was a great book. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2005 by C. Jason Harris