Book :: The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles
By: Ray Bradbury
Pages: 181
Published: 1951
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Short Stories
Rating: (7)


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In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, America’s preeminent storyteller, imagines 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 vanished, devastated civilization. Earthmen conquer Mars and then are conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of...

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Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a strange and fascinating story about man's need to explore and conquer being extended beyond their own abilities. People from earth go to Mars and are greeted suspiciously as being insane. Later others come and are greeted negatively, then more and more come. It's a story of conquering a planet which, in turn, takes from the conquerors. This is a collection of short stories that are connected. Very imaginative and intriguing.

Oct 16th, 2019

Portia Portia

Sep 26th, 2019

red13x red13x

Strange little intertwining stories of life on mars, showing how quickly us humans ruin everything. I loved the ending!

Sep 10th, 2018

forline forline

Bradbury and Heinlein turned me on to reading....I cleared the library shelves and read everything I could get my hands on!

Feb 20th, 2018

acpac2004 acpac2004

Jul 25th, 2014

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

jdbosel jdbosel

It has been many years since I have read this book, so the details are a bit fuzzy. The thing I appreciated most about the Martian Chronicles were Bradbury's attempts to make life on Mars (and subsequent science fiction and space travel stories in this book) seem as normal as living in a suburban city, maybe in a cul-de-sac. Amidst the stories of space living were also interwoven tales of terror and fear. Such was Bradbury's writing style at the time. When I read this book, it was assigned reading in English class, so I was disinterested. I will try reading it again one of these days and I'm sure my rating will go up, as I have thoroughly enjoyed other works by Bradbury since then.

Feb 15th, 2013

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