The Martian Chronicles

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 17, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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 The Martian Chronicles, a seminal work in Ray Bradbury's career, whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage, is available from Simon & Schuster for the first time.

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 an ancient, mysterious native race. In this classic work of fiction, Bradbury exposes our ambitions, weaknesses, and ignorance in a strange and breathtaking world where man does not belong.

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User Review  - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing

This is a 1974 audio version read by Ray Bradbury. He gives a brief segment between each story telling a bit about why or how he wrote it. The chapters are short stories written in the 1940s and 50s ... Read full review

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User Review  - TerriS - LibraryThing

This was an amazing book that I wish I'd read long ago. It is written in several short stories that end up fitting together for a full novel (still only 180 pgs long). The story is about the future of ... Read full review


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Ray Bradbury is the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He has written for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. The recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors, Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.

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