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The Martian Chronicles (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Ray Bradbury's head was always out amongst the stars, but The Martian Chronicles is one of his few works that can truly be called science fiction. A set of short stories set on Mars this book, like so many of his others, asks us the question: What if? After asking that question Bradbury proceeds to answer with his most amazing collection of short fiction.— Thomas W.
Soar above the fossil seas and crystal pillars of a deadworld in the pages of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. A milestoneof American literature, Bradbury's classic collection of interconnectedvignettes about life on the red planet diverges from the War of the Worlds theme, in which humanity must defend its shores against its neighbors, for in Bradbury'sprismatic vision, humanity is the conqueror, colonizing Mars to escape an Earthdevastated by atomic war and environmental catastrophe. Bradbury's TheMartian Chronicles is a must-read for any fan of science fiction orfantasy, a crucial precursor to films like Avatar and Alien andbooks like Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars and Dan Simmons' Hyperion, and a haunting prophesy of humanity's destiny to bring our old dreams andfollies along with us wherever we may venture forth.