The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

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Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever. Here are the captivating chronicles of man and Mars—the modern classic by the peerless Ray Bradbury.

Baker & Taylor
The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed earth

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1979, c1958
Edition: Bantam rack ed
ISBN: 9780553278224
0553278223
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 18 cm

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B00ksRcool
Feb 22, 2018

Ray Bradbury was an author that transcends so many timelines. The Martian Chronicles is an amazing piece that puts you in the scene and makes you think way outside your personal box. I recommend this book for teenagers & adults.

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gomiami1972
Jan 26, 2018

A wonderful little book. Despite being written decades ago, the futuristic themes are not only still plausible but are still being actively pursued (or feared)...travel to Mars, fully automated houses, AI, nuclear war, etc. Often times you read a science fiction book from a previous generation and everything sounds antiquated, because it is, or everything sounds fantastical, because it will probably never happen. The Martian Chronicles, in many ways, is still fresh today. If you like this genre, you must read it.

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Dragonrat703
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.

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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Dragonrat703
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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