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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles (original 1950; edition 1997)

by Ray Bradbury, Scott Brick (Narrator)

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Title:The Martian Chronicles
Authors:Ray Bradbury
Other authors:Scott Brick (Narrator)
Info:William Morrow (1997), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Tags:Science Fiction/Fantasy, Audiobook

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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)

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Bradbury is a master of the short story. That is what this is. A loose collection of stories with some reoccurring characters. Some may be put off by some of the dated technology and customs, since the stories were written between 1948 and the early 50's,but the heart of the stories will still captivate your imagination. ( )
  wvlibrarydude | Sep 6, 2015 |

Not every rambling poet is profound.

Sometimes a ramble is just a ramble. ( )
  meekGee | Jul 6, 2015 |
A collection of loosely connected short stories about the colonisation of Mars, originally published in 1950 and it does show its age, with some of the references to belonging clearly based in the 1940's. The quality is uneven with some of the connecting stories, often only a page or two long, showing a creaky narrative attempt to connect the short stories to create greater links.
Having said that, as ever with Bradbury the language and images can be wonderful, so that although the quality is uneven, when done well, they are very powerfully descriptive, evocative and nostalgic for the ancient Martian civilisation whose final remnants are unwittingly destroyed with the arrival of man.
Other reviews pick out particular stand out stories and my favourites are:
"—And the Moon Be Still as Bright" and "The Settlers" - which are connected stories which to my mind properly start the story of man on Mars and the underlying story about the respectful approach colonisation.
"Night meeting" - a ghostly story about civilisations and their fleeting nature when viewed with the benefit of time making them history.
"Way in the Middle of the Air" - set on Earth and about white men's reaction when African Americans prepare to leave Earth for Mars, This is clearly about racial prejudice and of its time.
"Usher II" - which is about censorship and prefigures Fahrenheit 451, riffing off Poe short stories and other fantasy writers. This story is also in "The Illustrated Man".
"The Martian" - which I found one of the most powerful exploration of the idea of Martian, when read in the book, I do not think it would stand up outside the short story sequence.
"There Will Come Soft Rains" - with which I would have ended the collection, set on Earth and beautifully bleak.

"The Other Foot", which is in "The Illustrated Man" short story collection is also set in a similar imagined vision of Mars, and you realise that Bradbury continued to write stories set in this imagined future - I originally read "The Silver Locusts" short story collection published in the UK with slightly different contents from The Martian Chronicles, but the same overall narrative arc. ( )
  CarltonC | Jul 5, 2015 |
The Martian Chronicles were first published in 1951 and in them Ray Bradbury imagines a future in the late 20th Century and early 21st Century where travel to Mars is becoming increasingly common place. Mars itself reminds me of an alien, wild west frontier, a place that is being taken over, becoming increasingly human and habitable. War on earth is never far away and by 2026 the human influence on Mars is on the wane while the Martian influence on humanity seems to be much more far reaching. The Martian Chronicles are a long way from science fact but perhaps in the far future people will be looking to Mars for a new home. ( )
  AmiloFinn | Jun 15, 2015 |
A Terra envia sua primeira sonda a Marte em 1999, e um marciano ciumento assassina dois astronautas quando sua esposa tem sonhos eróticos com eles. Os membros de uma expedição subsequente são hipnotizados a acreditarem que desembarcaram na comunidade de infância de seu líder e foram reunidos às famílias e amigos falecidos, sendo então envenenados pelos marcianos. O Coronel John Wilder lidera uma terceira expedição e descobre que o vírus da catapora trazido a Marte pelas duas primeiras expedições quase erradicou a população marciana. Um membro da equipe de Wilder torna-se obcecado em proteger Marte contra os terráqueos e assassina alguns outros membros da missão de Wilder, antes de Wilder matá-lo. Colonos chegam a Marte para se radicarem ali, entre eles sacerdotes que procuram Deus. A guerra global na Terra reduz o planeta natal do homem a resíduos radiativos, mas a maioria dos colonos voltara para lá antes do holocausto. Wilder luta para proteger os humanos restantes em Marte, que lidam com a solidão de maneiras diferentes, até encontrar uma marciana do passado ou do futuro, que lhe revela o simples segredo da vida marciana terráqueo. A epopéia de Bradbury é um conjunto assustador de histórias curtas, muitas vezes obscuras e significativas. Cada crônica de Bradbury focaliza as emoções de uma pessoa diferente em função da viagem a Marte. Tal como os seus outros livros, este está repleto de paixões, narrativa poética e sustos. ( )
  jgcorrea | Apr 24, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ray Bradburyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borges, Jorge LuisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
豊樹, 小笠原翻訳secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goodfellow, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoye, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hoyle, FredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Knight, DamonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marinker, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monzó, QuimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mugnaini, Joseph A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scalzi, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snow, GeorgeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Watson;, RobertCover 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."
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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."
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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

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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.

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