Book: The Martian Chronicles
Author: Ray Bradbury
I first read the Martian Chronicles when I was 18 and just starting university. I was feeling disillusioned after the initial euphoria of Labour comin ...
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Came across one story, The Third Expedition, at prep school in about 1972. So I'd have been 10 or 11. Sought all the stories out in the actual book (p ...
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I saw the Rock Hudson TV thing and vowed never to read the books, but my wife loves the Silver Locusts, so I guess I was just henpecked into it.
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The Martian Chronicles
Surreal and haunting tales of man's move to Mars.
The first episode of the The Martian Chronicles surfaced in American pulp science fiction magazine Planet Stories in 1947. The complete set of stories were published together in book form in 1950, and are better thought of as a series of interconnected short stories than a novel.
Beginning as humanity is poised to colonise Mars, the Chronicles follow mankind's first years setting up shop on this already-inhabited world. With scant regard for scientific principles, Bradbury sets up a romanticised version of the Red Planet, in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian adventure novels. Considering the era in which it was written, the stories are notable for their satirical edge and ongoing critique of imperialism.
The book was first published in Britain under the title The Silver Locusts. It was a great success both sides of the Atlantic, and is credited for making Bradbury's reputation. A three-part UK/US co-production mini-series starring Rock Hudson was broadcast in 1980.
Nominated by Swiimy.