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The Martian Chronicles Hardcover – February 1, 1997
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Man, was a a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in wave... Each wave different, and each wave stronger.
The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.
Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.
About the Author
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. An Emmy Award winner for his teleplay The Halloween Tree and an Academy Award nominee, he was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
- Publisher : Avon Books; Subsequent edition (February 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 268 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380973839
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380973835
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.97 x 7.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I prefer my books, and those I give my children, to remain as the author wrote them originally (translation aside), not updated, abridged, rewritten, or edited for a time long after they were written.
The book says Modern Classics at the bottom... Perhaps it should say "altered classics" instead.
It's important to get the true version of this book because "Way In The Middle Of The Air" is a truly pivotal story. In the over all arc of stories, the tired and dying Martian society goes extinct more from lassitude and being incurious than anything else. Meanwhile humans arrive and begin creating a more vibrant and hopeful society. However, the book isn't really about that. It's about the world Bradbury was living in with the fear of nuclear annihilation, Jim Crow, and a changing society. It's about progress here on earth and "Mars" as the place were going. This story shows the deep south of the early-mid 1900's as old, tired, and ready to die like the dead Martian societies. The imagery of the river is beautiful.
This one story makes it worthwhile to buy this particular edition of the book.
I wish this edition were listed separately from the crappy ones.
Can someone please list the specific editions which contain Bradbury's ENTIRE collection? That would be great.
By Money Leaker on November 25, 2020
So, having read several of the ERB John Carter of Mars series, I decided it would be interesting to read Bradbury’s take on Mars, and it certainly was. Bradbury’s tales are shot through and through with what often is almost an in-your-face commentary on the human condition and human nature, and not a very complementary one, at that. And reading stories in 2021 that were composed in the late 1940s and published as a book in 1950 was a bit of an eerie experience, given that the opening story is set in a fictional January 2030—less than 9 years from now. In fact, the original edition has the action starting in 1999! Seeing how Bradbury imagined voyages to Mars and life on Mars so matter-of-factly 70 years ago, juxtaposed with what we know about the real challenges of interplanetary travel and the inhospitable conditions on the real Mars, made this an interestingly anachronistic kind of read. And although I certainly did not like or approve of the actions of many of the characters, I quite enjoyed the chronological ordering of the chapters and the fact that some of the early characters reappeared in subsequent stories. And I love the fact that reading on my Kindle app enables me to quickly search back to see where a character fist appeared!
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Having said that, the 26 stories in the collection - some funny, some dark, some downright sad, and all wonderfully atmospheric - all weave together perfectly to create a poignant, beautifully realised 'history ' of migration to Mars, the quality of man, and the nature of human existence.
This is a true Classic Science Fiction collection comprising, as it does, the major individual chronicles that make up this iconic story. Some of these stories are not in every plublished edition of the Book and well done Kindle for issuing an edition that includes some of the less available stories.
Yes this is a Classic but I had not realized how dated some of Bradbury's writing style can come across now, though in no way does that diminish the totality of the social, political and (in an out dated way) scientific insights.
Interestingly I have just finished a Paperback Sci-Fi novel, comparatively recently written, in which one of Bradbury's characters is lifted - name, character and purpose - from one of the Chronicles. What a compliment, but what crass insousance.
Above all I felt this was thin stuff from a writer who could certainly do much better when it comes to building a picture of an alien race. After an amazing start, Bradbury was not trying his best when he wrote most of this. He took a handful of memes and just repeated and reiterated. There is a lack of development and depth. Too much is trivial and mischievous.
Another great work by Ray Bradbury