The Martian Chronicles is a collage of short stories, including the novella “The Fog Horn” and six linked short stories that collectively form one epic story. The episodes show Africa, the origin of human life on Earth, a family farm in Kansas (by Ray Bradbury) and Mars as ‘Brother’ to our closest planet earth led by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
It’s a story about life on Mars, about its distance from us, about our hope for it and perhaps even our fear of it. It is a story of both tragedy and triumph, as well as the incredible possibilities that are opened up when we begin to explore other planets in the universe; possibilities that were once considered impossible or impossible now become possible.
The 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. The tale of life on Mars and how it relates to that of Earth. The strange, yet beautiful story of man’s experiences there, filled with intense images and astonishing visions.
Ray Bradbury’s stories, many of which were previously published in The Magazine of Fantasy &Science Fiction, are now collected as a single volume in this Voyager Classic edition. From the classic Martian Chronicles through the last story in the collection, “The Golden Apples of the Sun”:
About The Martian Chronicles Book
The strange and wonderful tale of man’s experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection.
The 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 up.
But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians. People brought their old prejudices with them – their desires, fantasies, and tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.
The Summer Night
The Earth Men
The Third Expedition
-And the Moon Be Still As Bright
The Green Morning
Way in the Middle of the Air
The Naming of Names
The Old Ones
The Luggage Store
The Off Season
The Silent Towns
The Long Years
There Will Come Soft Rains
The Million-Year Picnic