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The Martian Chronicles

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Martian Chronicles
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The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by humans who want to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster paperback ed
ISBN: 9781451678192
1451678193
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI B
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 18 cm.

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List - The Leftovers by: NYPLRecommends Jul 29, 2014

Originally published as short stories in pulp magazines in the 40s, the novel chronicles the colonization of Mars.

Comment by: NYPLRecommends Jul 28, 2014

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Mars! Present day humans are signing up for the no-return trip by the thousands. These short stories were originally published in pulp magazines in the 40s. Utopian -- not dystopian -- sci-fi meets the novel of stories genre. It’s all in there.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Advisory


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NYPL Staff Pick
Mars! Present day humans are signing up for the no-return trip by the thousands. These short stories were originally published in pulp magazines in the 40s. Utopian -- not dystopian -- sci-fi meets the novel of stories genre. It’s all in there.
- Lynn Lobash, Readers Advisory

Jun 06, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book reads like a collection of short stories, each one of these filling in more of the picture, from the first landing of Mars to it's abandonment.

It seems odd to me that I've managed to go so long without ever reading anything by Bradbury but maybe after reading this book I should just be happy I've got all the rest of his books still to read.

Jul 06, 2013
  • green_turtle_405 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although one of his less known works and thoroughly underappreciated, The Martian Chronicles is a space epic with a plot similar to that of settlers conquering Native Americans. It strike the emotions in every chapter.

Jul 15, 2012
  • ginger_bug rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book years ago and decided to pick it up again in honor of Bradbury's passing. A beautiful cycle of stories, written in a poetic, dreamlike way. When I first read it, I was a little disappointed that it didn't read like most science fiction, but now I really appreciate it.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Byoung82 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just a fantastic fun read. This is something I'll probably pick up and read again and again. RIP

Jun 27, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Re-reading after thirty or so years, and remembering the fire-balloons and the lava tables and the bee guns. Brown-skinned they were and golden eyed, the coin-eyed Martians. Wearing silver masks. The title of one story Ylla is used by Greg Bear in " Moving Mars", which was dedicated to Ray Bradbury.
I did remember the flavor if not the content of most of the stories.
Returned the book on June 1 and Ray Bradbury died June 5, 2012. Weird.
Definitely a classic early Bradbury, poetical rather than scientific, first published as a collection in 1950 but written in the 1940s.

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Jun 26, 2012
  • spacecat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

spacecat thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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