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The Martian Chronicles (1950)

by Ray Bradbury

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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.… (more)
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    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (jpers36, moietmoi, DionnePasion)
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    Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (bertilak)
    bertilak: Bradbury has said that Winesburg, Ohio was one of the inspirations for The Martian Chronicles (grotesque characters in Ohio versus on Mars).
  3. 70
    Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury (rionka)
    rionka: a lot of pictures from the same world. or from the world we have in our heads.
  4. 31
    Desolation Road by Ian McDonald (Sethgsamuel)
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    I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (mike_frank)
    mike_frank: Similar story telling, short stories tying together a grander story arch.
  6. 11
    Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Visions of humans colonizing planets with declining civilizations
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    Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (lewbs)
    lewbs: Borges admired The Martian Chronicles. The two books have much in common.
  8. 12
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (andomck)
    andomck: Both books are about colonization. One is from the perspective of colonizer, the other the colonized.
  9. 01
    The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein (fulner)
    fulner: A trip from Luna to Mars then off to the Asteroid Belt to mine. The Sapce Family Stone has fantastic story telling. Emotial respnose. REAL MATH! and a story that keeps you truning pages. Highly recommended.
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Poetic though sometimes bleak. I enjoy the art that Bradbury creates with his words, often more than the stories themselves. ( )
1 vote LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
In linked short stories, Bradbury imagines that people from earth escape to Mars, where they make contact with the Martians and colonize the planet.

The original 1950 edition had the dates in the stories range from 1999-2026; I read the 1997 revised edition that had the dates 2030-2057. One short story ("The Fire Balloons") in my edition was not included in the original, and another ("Way in the Middle of the Air") was dropped, which confused me greatly at first, since I was also listening to the audiobook and it was different. Bradbury wrote an introduction in which he expressed surprise that this book is considered science fiction rather than fantasy because he generally does not use real science. This is true. In some ways, the book is a product of its time, as much of the stories are focused on the possibility of nuclear war. But it's also interesting to read in our present time when thinking about first contact and colonialism, as the first Americans on Mars get the Martians sick, which allows them to essentially take over. It's hard not to think of our own history with the indigenous population of North America, and the implications that still has in our present day. An interesting collection that I'm glad I've finally read. ( )
  bell7 | May 22, 2024 |
I entered into The Martian Chronicles warily, as I hadn't enjoyed Fahrenheit 451, and here I was again, reading Bradbury. To my utmost surprise, I loved this book.

The Martian Chronicles is novel-esque, because the linked short stories, some of them only a page long, joined together to weave a tale of the history of human exploration of and settlement on Mars.

It's a saddening story. Having damaged our earth beyond the hope of repair thanks to constant warfare and atomic disasters, mankind heads for the heavens on rockets launched from the interstellar exploration labs in Ohio. Astronauts and soldiers are the first to arrive, then construction engineers, who build earth-like towns all over the face of this planet. Disaster after disaster takes place. The human race is soon in decline, as the towns on Mars shrivel first to shanty towns and then to small assortments of derelict buildings, without infrastructure.

I believe that Bradbury, all the way back in the 1940s, when some of these stories were first printed in magazines, was an environmentalist and anti-nuclear energy proponent long before these positions became fashionable. The Martian Chronicles warn of the dangers of atomic energy, of using land unwisely, and of the ruinous tendencies of mankind to spoil the dwelling places we have, whether on Earth or on other planets.

Summary: a great book ahead of its time, a visionary novel. I find it especially interesting that less than a year ago, we had our first look at Earth from the surface of Mars - and who knows what's next for our relationship with the red planet in the sky. ( )
  ahef1963 | May 5, 2024 |
Possibly my favourite Bradbury work, this is a seriously transcendent piece of literature, that had a disproportionate impact on my writing and critical faculties. It's not perfect, certainly, int its elements of Bradbury's usual flaws as a writer and in its occasional sledgehammer subtlety yet... that's to request something of the book which it is not, which is surely bad criticism. This is wonderful. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
A mix of stories in the fantastic tone typical of Bradbury loosely based around Mars. I snjoy the descriptions, it is not always believable, the characters are sometimes caricatures. Great writing but not solid in the science of sci-fi. ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
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"Die Mars-Chroniken" von Ray Bradbury ist ein klassischer Science-Fiction-Roman, der eine Reihe miteinander verbundener Kurzgeschichten enthält, die auf dem Mars spielen. Die Erzählung erstreckt sich über mehrere Jahrzehnte und schildert die Kolonisierung der Menschheit und die Interaktion mit den mysteriösen Marsianern. In den Geschichten werden Themen wie Kolonisierung, kulturelle Auseinandersetzungen und die Auswirkungen menschlichen Verhaltens sowohl auf der Erde als auch auf dem Mars behandelt.

Bradburys poetische und stimmungsvolle Prosa schildert die Wunder und Fallstricke der Erkundung sowie die Folgen von Missverständnissen zwischen Erdbewohnern und Marsbewohnern. Der Roman reflektiert über Themen wie Krieg, technologischen Fortschritt und die Zerbrechlichkeit von Zivilisationen. Während sich die menschliche Präsenz auf dem Mars entfaltet, sind die Marsianer vom Aussterben bedroht, und ihre uralte Kultur zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Chroniken.

"Die Mars-Chroniken" werden für ihren lyrischen Schreibstil, ihren sozialen Kommentar und ihre fantasievolle Darstellung einer Zukunft gefeiert, die Fragen über die Beziehung der Menschheit zu ihrer Umwelt und zu sich selbst aufwirft.

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Bradbury, Rayprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baars, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borges, Jorge LuisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Eckardt, HansNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
豊樹, 小笠原Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faint, GrantCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goodfellow, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoye, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoyle, FredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jones, MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knight, DamonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehnig, Hans-JoachimEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Miller, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monzó, QuimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mugnaini, Joseph A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robillot, HenriTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scalzi, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snow, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Watson, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"It is good to renew one's wonder," said the philosopher. "Space travel has again made children of us all."
For My Wife Marguerite
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One minute it was Ohio winter, with doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black bears in their furs along the icy streets.
"No matter how we touch Mars, we'll never touch it. And then we'll get mad at it, and you know what we'll do? We'll rip it up, rip the skin off, and change it to fit ourselves."
They blended religion and art and science because, at base, science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.
They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.
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US title: 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.

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Contents: Rocket Summer | Ylla | The Summer Night | The Earth Men | The Taxpayer | The Third Expedition | And the Moon Be Still As Bright | The Settlers | The Green Morning | The Locusts | Night Meeting | The Shore | Interim | The Musicians | Way in the Middle of the Air | The Naming of Names | Usher II | The Old Ones | The Martian | The Luggage Store | The Off Season | The Watchers | The Silent Towns | The Long Years | There Will Come Soft Rains | The Million Year Picnic
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