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The Martian Chronicles

Bradbury, Ray (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Martian Chronicles
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The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to build their new world in the image of the civilization they left behind.
Authors: Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012
Title: The Martian chronicles
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, 2006, c1997
Characteristics: xiv, 268 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ray Bradbury
Notes: "First published by Avon Books in 1997, reprinted by William Morrow in 2006"--T.p. verso
Originally published: New York : Doubleday, 1946
"With an introduction by the author"--Dust jacket
Summary: The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to build their new world in the image of the civilization they left behind.
ISBN: 0380973839
9780380973835
Branch Call Number: SF BRADBURY 2006
Subject Headings: Mars (Planet) Fiction Space colonies Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Space colonies
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A collection of linked short stories about Mars. In these lovely and wise tales Bradbury explores racism, conformity, technology, and what it would mean for humans to become 'martians.'

The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to build their new world in the image of the civilization they left behind.


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Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book reads like a collection of short stories, each one of these filling in more of the picture, from the first landing of Mars to it's abandonment.

It seems odd to me that I've managed to go so long without ever reading anything by Bradbury but maybe after reading this book I should just be happy I've got all the rest of his books still to read.

Jul 06, 2013
  • green_turtle_405 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although one of his less known works and thoroughly underappreciated, The Martian Chronicles is a space epic with a plot similar to that of settlers conquering Native Americans. It strike the emotions in every chapter.

Jul 15, 2012
  • ginger_bug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book years ago and decided to pick it up again in honor of Bradbury's passing. A beautiful cycle of stories, written in a poetic, dreamlike way. When I first read it, I was a little disappointed that it didn't read like most science fiction, but now I really appreciate it.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Byoung82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just a fantastic fun read. This is something I'll probably pick up and read again and again. RIP

Jun 27, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Re-reading after thirty or so years, and remembering the fire-balloons and the lava tables and the bee guns. Brown-skinned they were and golden eyed, the coin-eyed Martians. Wearing silver masks. The title of one story Ylla is used by Greg Bear in " Moving Mars", which was dedicated to Ray Bradbury.
I did remember the flavor if not the content of most of the stories.
Returned the book on June 1 and Ray Bradbury died June 5, 2012. Weird.
Definitely a classic early Bradbury, poetical rather than scientific, first published as a collection in 1950 but written in the 1940s.

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Jun 26, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

spacecat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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