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The strange and wonderful tale of man s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions Now part of the Voyager Classics collectionThe Martian Chronicles tells the story of humanity s repeated attempts to colonize the red planet The first men were few Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a fist They felt they had never been born Those few that survived found no welcome on Mars The shape changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them upBut rockets arrived from Earth, and , piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians People brought their old prejudices with them and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flameContents Rocket SummerYllaThe Summer NightThe Earth MenThe TaxpayerThe Third Expedition And the Moon Be Still As BrightThe SettlersThe Green MorningThe LocustsNight MeetingThe ShoreInterimThe MusiciansWay in the Middle of the AirThe Naming of NamesUsher IIThe Old OnesThe MartianThe Luggage StoreThe Off SeasonThe WatchersThe Silent TownsThe Long YearsThere Will Come Soft RainsThe Million Year Picnic


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  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    RIDDLE ME A MARTIAN RIDDLE A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like a human, kills humans, replaces humans, wants to be accepted and loved by a human Answer A Martian A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like an animal except that s unfair to animals, kills others of its kind, wages war on its own kind, and destroys its own planet Answer A Human A Riddle What is built like a succession of linked stories, feels at tim RIDDLE ME A MARTIAN RIDDLE A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like a human, kills humans, replaces humans, wants to be accepted and loved by a human Answer A Martian A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like an animal except that s unfair to animals, kills others of its kind, wages war on its own kind, and destroys its own planet Answer A Human A Riddle What is built like a succession of linked stories, feels at times like a play by Brecht, feels at times like a mournful and elegiac ode to the dying of small towns, is a wise tale of human nature, is written with melancholy and sighs, is quietly sinister, is gently tragic, yet is also a science fiction novel Answer The Martian Chronicles A Riddle What is a ball of blue fire, a transcended entity, a being that lives in God s grace, a model of wisdom and goodness, and a terrifying symbol of the unknowable What is meek and shall inherit their earth but has lost the inclination Answer A Martian A Riddle What should have stayed on its own planet What does not belong on Mars What persists in persisting What flees from home What destroys that home What flees back to that destruction What eradicates much of what it comes into contact What is a hopeless fool What has a little just a little hope for it yet Answer A Human A Riddle What is science fiction as parable What creates a series of haunting and haunted tableaux onto which we can project our own desires and fears What transcends genre trappings What is a landscape of forgotten plans and failed goals What is like a waking dream What is a journey that begins in death and ends with a small, fragile chance that all is not lost What is like tears painted on a page What is witty and sardonic and tender and angry and, finally, full of its own strange and painfully human soulfulness Answer The Martian Chronicles


  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful thingsThis brilliant collection of science fiction short stories combines elements of humour and tragedy to show us how much man must learn, as such a very dim view of human society is evoked in these pages Before he enters the world of the Martian, he has a lot of developing to do Bradbury suggests that Martian culture has transcended its human counterpart the Martians have accepted an almost animalistic ethos in which theyWe earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful thingsThis brilliant collection of science fiction short stories combines elements of humour and tragedy to show us how much man must learn, as such a very dim view of human society is evoked in these pages Before he enters the world of the Martian, he has a lot of developing to do Bradbury suggests that Martian culture has transcended its human counterpart the Martians have accepted an almost animalistic ethos in which they live for the simple sake of existence They do not question religion or science they blend the two together in a display of cultural harmony However, the brutish man is too limited to do this and as a result has lost all sense of himself The image of the Martian way of life is captured in the serene beauty of their cities, which is juxtaposed against the humans incessant trespassing on foreign soil He is the invader, the unwelcome guest For centuries man has dreamed about going to Mars He has finally achieved this monumental feat, and when he arrived, he expected to be greeted as a hero he expected to be greeted with open arms by the Martians But, alas, the Martians have a very different opinion to the aliens that invaded their planet They have a funny and very realistic response to the intruders They raise their laser pistols and get ready to fire The humans could not comprehend that perhaps the aliens may be different to themselves they didn t consider that their so called expeditions could be received so negativelyIt is good to renew one s wonder, said the philosopher Space travel has again made children of us allIndeed, the children man did not stop to think about what he was doing he simply rushed in and expected the best He ignorantly presumed that he wouldn t be received as a threat and an invader that needed to be fought off Time and time again man repeats his mistakes, and, for me, this formed the main motif of this collection of short stories Humanity never learns The repeated expeditions into the unknown only ended in disaster, first for the humans and then eventually for the Martian people In these stories Bradbury questions human existence and the futility of its explorations They each carry a powerful moral message By drawing the parallel between human and Martian culture, Bradbury captures how flawed human aspirations are Humans will never be fulfilled and complete They are harboured by a perpetual longing to havethan what they need The continuous visits to Mars symbolise this Earth is not enough for man, he wants Mars too in his folly Bradbury s stories suggest that he needs to take a step back before he ruins something beautiful This is a great collection of science fiction stories that, together, speak louder than they do alone Whilst each is individual, they are, of course, meant to be read as a collection This provides a comment of the nature of man, and a highly entertaining reading experience These are some of Ray Bradbury s finest short stories, don t miss them _________________________________You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree.__________________________________


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Poetic science fiction Being set in the future and involving space travel, Mars and futuristic technology makes this fit into the science fiction genre, but Bradbury is a writer of literature This is beautiful writing and Bradbury is an artist with a mastery of the language Mars could be another dimension, or fairy land, it does not really matter, Bradbury has concocted an alternate reality to explore psychological ethos If Heinlein is the science fiction ideologist sociologist, and Clarke Poetic science fiction Being set in the future and involving space travel, Mars and futuristic technology makes this fit into the science fiction genre, but Bradbury is a writer of literature This is beautiful writing and Bradbury is an artist with a mastery of the language Mars could be another dimension, or fairy land, it does not really matter, Bradbury has concocted an alternate reality to explore psychological ethos If Heinlein is the science fiction ideologist sociologist, and Clarke the science fiction anthropologist, and Asimov the science fiction theologist then Bradbury is the science fiction psychologist But there is no doubt that this isfantasy than SF Bradbury tickles and cajoles and playfully steps around all technology and goes right to aspiritual, psychological narrative a dreamlike, absurdist voice, a whispered incantation Martian Chronicles is a chronological set of short stories tied together around the theme of Earth colonization of Mars, but it is really about the human psyche and a study of what is best and worst about us SF must read


  4. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The Martian Chronicles, a perfect example of what I d call a quintessential Bradbury fragmentary, at times disjointed, occasionally crossing the line into the realm of surreal, full of his trademark nostalgia and sadness, this account of the failed American Dream approach to the exploration of the ultimate frontier never stops fascinating me and drawing me in with its inexplicable charm Side note as a person of Russian descent We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The Martian Chronicles, a perfect example of what I d call a quintessential Bradbury fragmentary, at times disjointed, occasionally crossing the line into the realm of surreal, full of his trademark nostalgia and sadness, this account of the failed American Dream approach to the exploration of the ultimate frontier never stops fascinating me and drawing me in with its inexplicable charm Side note as a person of Russian descent, I reserve the right to run on long winded sentences in the best tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky of which my literature teacher mother clearly approves It is such a multifaceted tale It is a condemnation of the dear to the human heart way of exploration and colonization that is, coming to a place new to us and attempting to turn it into a carbon copy of home , of the place where we come from, of the place that gives us comfort and all else be damned It is an ode to the beauty of the strange and un understood alienness It is a criticism of the American Dream which was written in the heyday of this Dream It is a thinly veiled cautionary tale about the perils of science when misapplied It is all of the above and none of the above, with everything masterfully interwoven to create a unique unforgettable reading experience Who wants to see the Future, who ever does A man can face the Past, but to think the pillars crumbled, you say And the sea empty, and the canals dry, and the maidens dead, and the flowers withered The Martian was silent, but then he looked ahead But there they are I see them Isn t that enough for me They wait for me now, no matter what you say. The story, for those who somehow are not familiar with it, is simple In the far future of 1999, rocket ships from Earth start coming to Mars The Martians the enigmatic, serene, telepathic race sense the disturbances Eventually they die off, and the colonization in the American Dream style begins, until the nuclear war on Earth interferes But the narrative is not quite this linear It is made of separate, rather stand alone short stories that often read as interludes, some straightforward, some surreal, but all of them quite haunting, memorable, and thought provoking Bradbury is was, actually I still can t believe he s dead a master of writing peaceful, nostalgic sadness that feels upliftingly purifying His writing is poetic and lyrical, often dreamlike, with almost a musical quality to it He often straddles the line between cautionary and moralistic, but mostly succeeds at not crossing over to the unpleasantly preachy side He is exceptionally good at writing amazing short fiction since this is what this book essentially is, a collection of interlinked short stories He manages to create a memorable, beautifully flowing, sophisticated story without a steadily progressing plot, without a main or even a major character, without even a consistent setting Night are night for every year and every year, for no reason at all, the woman comes out and looks at the sky, her hands up, for a long moment, looking at the green burning of Earth, not knowing why she looks, and then she goes back and throws a stick on the fire, and the wind comes up and the dead sea goes on being dead. Now, as an aside, I heard this book described as not really a science fiction book but a speculative fiction book quite a few times, almost apologetically, as though science fiction is something to be ashamed of I understand that this book is essentially a crossover phenomenon which appeals to sci fi fans and general public alike, and describing it as something else besides sci fi can help generate a wider audience and a broader appeal But hey, I realized that I don t want to be the person falling into this trap the trap of dismissing sci fi as something that is not literary enough, something of interior quality, something to be apologetic about Bradbury, Le Guin, Mi ville, Lem insert your own favorite acclaimed sci fi author here are NOT great writers thatahemjust happen to write sci fi but maybe not quite really They are excellent sci fi writers, and that s how I recommend their books, even at the threat of losing potential audience After all, Bradbury s The Martian Chronicles was not only one of the first books that I checked out of the adult library, but also the book which cemented my love for science fiction, first fueled by Poul Anderson s Call Me Joe The Martian Chronicles is an excellent book, the one that I will continue to re read every few years or so It deserves ALL the stars The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water.


  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    The Martian Chronicles is a book I have heard about for years, but ended up passing it by in lieu of other Ray Bradbury classics do you need to qualify them by saying classic I think that goes without saying I have now finally read it and it is amazing I continue to be impressed with Bradbury s writing style and his style is very well defined I am pretty sure he is so integrated into how and what he writes, I could probably guess that a book is written by Bradbury after just a few para The Martian Chronicles is a book I have heard about for years, but ended up passing it by in lieu of other Ray Bradbury classics do you need to qualify them by saying classic I think that goes without saying I have now finally read it and it is amazing I continue to be impressed with Bradbury s writing style and his style is very well defined I am pretty sure he is so integrated into how and what he writes, I could probably guess that a book is written by Bradbury after just a few paragraphs and that is not me bragging on my ability to figure out who wrote something, it is just that obvious that it is Bradbury.When I went into this I thought, Martian Chronicles Sci Fi That is very wrong This book felt muchlike his Magical Realism titles I have read While most of the book takes place on Mars, the content is not about space travel, and aliens, and cool technology It is about the human condition, perception vs reality, misuse of natural resources, man seeing himself as an island, etc It is a commentary on people and the tendency for our hopes to be destroyed by our inability to truly see the best and right course of action Generally it is very dark there is a little ray of hope to it, but the overall feel is if we don t get our s t together, we are doomed.So, if you are looking for sci fi and want nothing less than space battles and cool spaceships, this is not the book for you If you are a fan of other Bradbury, cautionary tales, and speculative fiction, this is right up you alley


  6. Fabian Fabian says:

    A magnificent experience wherein we discover that the inhabitants of the fourth planet in the Milky Way are identical in the trifles of the everyday as the resident in the 3rd planet Then some collective idea pops out of nowhere a fine symbol of apocalypse and annihilation scares the living shit outta everyone.I know I haven t read much sci fi in the past, but I know that to top this one will be VERY tough Martian Chronicles surpasses, in some ways, that which Bradbury tried, and admits t A magnificent experience wherein we discover that the inhabitants of the fourth planet in the Milky Way are identical in the trifles of the everyday as the resident in the 3rd planet Then some collective idea pops out of nowhere a fine symbol of apocalypse and annihilation scares the living shit outta everyone.I know I haven t read much sci fi in the past, but I know that to top this one will be VERY tough Martian Chronicles surpasses, in some ways, that which Bradbury tried, and admits to imitating with this collection of short stories the crazy masterpiece, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson The fear that permeates in these pages a horror novelthan a sci fi one well, early sci fi is mostly always horrific is un peggable, untraceable, and just completely yep, Martian It is eerie at a supreme level truly heightened emotions in this 50 s version of our future The Chronicles turn Voltairesque, then it all becomes a western as fixed and terrible as anything by Cormac McCarthy full of guns and violence, then takes a Tarantino turn of events, robots and It s all one powerful and unique oxymoron Bradbury writes just the perfectly extra adjective in many of his sentences Maybe one extrathan needed Et voila amazingness It s tidily overindulgent and superfluously concise A Terrific, Terrible Wonder


  7. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    There once were a people whose children played in the sunshine, on a magnificent place, they laughed and sang.then the first rocket ship cameThey laughed not as much some even cried now, but always resumed their merriment , still another rocket ship landed soon after, the children became uneasy then the third rocket appeared the children went silent a fourth ship followed and found nopeople So these brilliant beings vanished with the wind into the blue mountains some said, or There once were a people whose children played in the sunshine, on a magnificent place, they laughed and sang.then the first rocket ship cameThey laughed not as much some even cried now, but always resumed their merriment , still another rocket ship landed soon after, the children became uneasy then the third rocket appeared the children went silent a fourth ship followed and found nopeople So these brilliant beings vanished with the wind into the blue mountains some said, or in the bright raw deserts, maybe the long lonely canals they hide, floating on boats through the endless violet waterways crisscrossing the planet The strangers began building their own cities, destroying the dead ones , the ancient structures collapsing to the ground, dusty things to be seen by the invaders, but wistfully beautiful, however any new civilization brought to this world can never escape the old hates, war troubles on Earth The ghosts of the natives are never forgotten though, all the spoilers feel the haunting presence of them, and deep in their hearts the conquerors, tens of millions of miles away from home, believe this they do not belong here, looking up at the unreal twin moons drifting by Nonetheless this is paradise, free for the taking a fortune can be made and so many hundreds of thousands arrive, the air is thin yet the harvest is good for those brave enough to come The wicked numerous for certain, indeed, establish quickly, the know how long learned just like on the former Blue Planet, works everywhere, prosperity commences Ray Bradbury s classic elegantly sad tales of life on Mars, his predictions haven t been accurate, we ve yet to land on the Red Planet but someday this will occur for better or worse , that is for historians to write about, for me the poetic, melancholic, quite nostalgic narrative isimportant, the author was a master in his unearthly prose capturing also the essence of our own third planet or hopefully this will not be true, time the final judge


  8. Adina Adina says:

    I enjoyed this short story collection a lotthan the famous Fahrenheit 451 I believe Ray Bradbury has an exceptional talent writing short stories I am not a fan of them in general however, I was totally absorbed and fascinated by this book I was expecting the stories to be something different than what I read, a bitScience Fiction Yes, it does have a bit of space travel, some alien encounters, some hi tech technologies but they are totally not the point of these stories I guess I enjoyed this short story collection a lotthan the famous Fahrenheit 451 I believe Ray Bradbury has an exceptional talent writing short stories I am not a fan of them in general however, I was totally absorbed and fascinated by this book I was expecting the stories to be something different than what I read, a bitScience Fiction Yes, it does have a bit of space travel, some alien encounters, some hi tech technologies but they are totally not the point of these stories I guess the main idea I got can be summarized by the following quoteWe earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things The Martian Chronicles are stories about destruction, in its many forms, caused by what humanity has worse to offer war, censorship, ignorance, disrespect for other cultures, greed, fear etc The stories are beautiful, fascinating but very disturbing and scary in the same time It made me meditate on the future of humanity and for how long we will be able to survive as a race, doing what we are doing Will we be condemned to destruction I leave you with some quotes belowThere was a smell of Time in the air tonight He smiled and turned the fancy in his mind There was a thought What did time smell like Like dust and clocks and people And if you wondered what Time sounded like it sounded like water running in a dark cave and voices crying and dirt dropping down upon hollow box lids, and rain And, going further, what did Time look like Time look like snow dropping silently into a black room or it looked like a silent film in an ancient theater, 100 billion faces falling like those New Year balloons, down and down into nothing That was how Time smelled and looked and sounded And tonight Tomas shoved a hand into the wind outside the truck tonight you could almost taste time I m not anyone, I m just myself whatever I am, I am something, and now I m something you can t help 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 pressure 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 Ignorance is fatal


  9. Justin Justin says:

    Ray Bradbury has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite authors He s the LeBron of writing The G.O.A.T.And Scott Brick has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite audiobook narrators He is the Tom Brady of narrating Also, G.O.A.T So what happens when you mix the two together Something magical There isn t even a word or an amazingly alliterative animalistic acronym to describe what happens But, man, if you want to take your Bradbury experience to t Ray Bradbury has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite authors He s the LeBron of writing The G.O.A.T.And Scott Brick has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite audiobook narrators He is the Tom Brady of narrating Also, G.O.A.T So what happens when you mix the two together Something magical There isn t even a word or an amazingly alliterative animalistic acronym to describe what happens But, man, if you want to take your Bradbury experience to the next level, let Scott Brick read his books to you It s just beautiful The Martian Chronicles is something I just jumped into I didn t know anything about it I didn t read the synopsis I didn t Wikipedia it I just dove right on into the celestial waters and listened to it for a few days I could read Bradbury describe the weather or what it feels like to watch paint dry or how to change a car battery or how to fry an egg and I would savor every bit of it This guy writes poetry and stretches it out into a novel or in this case several short stories that kinda mesh together into a novel It would be tough to call this science fiction I mean it takes place on Mars, there are Martians, there is time travel, but all of those things exist in Ray s stories to paint something muchmetaphoric and brilliant than rockets and aliens Each story on its own is just a delight to read, and when you tie everything together it just creates a wonderful book that is fun to read, but it also makes you stop and think and consider life and humanity and deeper stuff like that I had a blast listening to this, and I couldn t recommend itto you Find the audiobook if you can Read everything this guy has written That s what I m gonna do


  10. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Calm Sci Fi stories that come with amazing plot twists and the unique writing style of a writer who has inspired generations of authors.It s something different compared to the usual stories of Bradbury, a collection of ideas describing space colonization as imagined a long time ago As always, the focus is on the characters and Bradbury uses the Sci Fi tropes and plot devices in his stylish way of letting the surprise bubble burst in the last possible moment.As it is the duty of each prodigy s Calm Sci Fi stories that come with amazing plot twists and the unique writing style of a writer who has inspired generations of authors.It s something different compared to the usual stories of Bradbury, a collection of ideas describing space colonization as imagined a long time ago As always, the focus is on the characters and Bradbury uses the Sci Fi tropes and plot devices in his stylish way of letting the surprise bubble burst in the last possible moment.As it is the duty of each prodigy s story collections, vast lands of adaptable, extendable and simply copyable content is waiting to be reinterpreted For instance by implanting the slow pace and philosophical ideas in one of the newer Sci Fi novel or TV series that are running on this Hollywood blockbuster steroids to avoid any lengths that could get readers or viewers bored which is a pity because the combination of both could grow to something big.Tropes show how literature is conceived and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique