The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)

The Grand Master Editions

Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages

English language

Published June 1, 1984 by Spectra.

ISBN:
9780553278224

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4 stars (67 reviews)

This is a collection of science fiction short stories, cleverly cobbled together to form a coherent and very readable novel about a future colonization of Mars. As the stories progress chronologically the author tells how the first humans colonized Mars, initially sharing the planet with a handful of Martians. When Earth is devastated by nuclear war the colony is left to fend for itself and the colonists determine to build a new Earth on Mars.

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Review of 'The Martian Chronicles' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

“The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury is a book I wanted to like so much. It is considered by many to be a classic of science fiction and it was the novel that launched Bradbury into prominence. His brilliance and poetic sensibilities shine through here. But the structure of loosely connected stories that may or may not take place on Mars (many of them were previous published and then put into this collection) make the whole work a bit less than the sum of its parts.

The basic premise of the novel is the settlement of Mars by humans from Earth and the gradual destruction of Earth. Mars as Bradbury portrays it once had a thriving civilization that was destroyed with the arrival of humanity. It is a planet of canals and crystal cities. Humans establish new cities and spaces but the memory of those who were once there continues …

Review of 'The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)' on Goodreads

4 stars

1) ''It wouldn't be right, the first night on Mars, to make a loud noise, to introduce such a strange, silly bright thing like a stove. That would be a kind of imported blasphemy. There'd be time for that later; time to throw condensed-milk cans in the proud Martian canals; time for copies of the New York Times to blow and caper and rustle across the lone gray Martian sea bottoms; time for banana peels and pic-nic papers in the fluted, delicate ruins of the old Martian valley towns. Plenty of time for that.''

2) '''On the contrary, those are God symbols, symbols of life. Man had become too much man and not enough animal on Mars too. And the men of Mars realized that in order to survive they would have to forgo asking that one question any longer: Why live? Life was its own answer. Life was the …

Review of 'The Martian chronicles' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I will take this opportunity to once again reiterate that Bradbury is at his best when keeps his stories tightly focused. These incisive imaginings are incredible, and he rises to the challenge of offering us a world that is familiar-yet-strange. It's impossible not to feel feel the heavier air at the bottom of the uncanny valley every other page or so.

I remember reading "There Will Come Soft Rains" in high school, and having now read the rest of the Chronicles, it remains one of my favorites. Add to that "The Earth Men," "Usher II," "The Off Season" and "—And the Moon Be Still as Bright" ("We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things") to get my top five favorites. However, all of these stories are great, as is the thread twining them all together.

Review of 'The Martian Chronicles (The Grand Master Editions)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I first read this book in middle school, and it was one of my first introductions to Ray Bradbury's writing. It's a magical work, really a collection of short stories, but as always it's Bradbury's thorough understanding of human nature that sets him apart. Well, that and his prose. I could die a happy man if I ever wrote something that affected people as profoundly as Bradbury's work affects me.

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