The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

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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, Simon & Schuster, 1979, c1946
ISBN: 9780553278224
Call Number: BRADBURY, R


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Sep 20, 2020

The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury that chronicles Mars’s colonization by humans. Bradbury details the many aspects of this, from the arrival of humans on Mars to missionaries arriving there. In each story, Bradbury details elements of space and foreign life, creating a mesmerizing setting that draws in his readers. Personally, I greatly enjoyed this book due to the stylistic writing and plot of each story. The parallels of stories link one another across the span of the book, creating a tie even during completely different plots. The imagery and timeline Bradbury creates in his collection paint a melancholy yet fascinating point of view regarding space exploration. I would recommend this book to science fiction fans and those interested in fantasy.

Aug 17, 2019

I got this book after reading and enjoying Bradbury's Farenheit 451. The Martian Chronicles is considered another one of Bradbury's best books (an anthology actually) but after read the first chapter I was not interested in completing the book at this time in July 2019. Maybe for another day?

Jul 23, 2019

A true science fiction classic. A collection of short stories that must be read by anyone who is a fan of the genre.

May 07, 2019

Definitely a sci-fi classic. If you enjoyed it, I recommend THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, and THE GREEN HILLS OF EARTH (Robert Heinlein), next. Also, for a more purely adventure- story, I can heartily recommend the dozen or so novels which make up Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars series.

May 05, 2019

I love this book so much, it's so humorous and whimsical, but also stares reality strait in the face, it plays with the fantasy of man conquering mars and strips away some of the romanticism of that fantasy. Really thought provoking, funny, all that good stuff. Makes me want to read the rest of Ray Bradbury's stuff.

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.

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) 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.

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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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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