Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible,
and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a
much-celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he
has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels,
essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays, and numerous
superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in
the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminously than these
masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from
Bradbury's Mars is 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 silently destroyed civilization. It is here
the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to
learn--first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with
no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers
Mars...and then is conquered "by" it, lulled by dangerous lies of
comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of
an ancient, mysterious native race.
Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" is a classic work of
twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and
imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected,
chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls,
delights, and challenges us with his vision and his heart--starkly
and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our
weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and
breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.
The twenty-seven stories contained in "The Martian Chronicles" are
"Rocket Summer," "Ylla," "The Summer Night," "The Earth Men," "The
Taxpayer," "The Third Expedition," "--And the Moon Be Still as
Bright," "The Settlers," "The Green Morning," "The Locusts," "Night
Meeting," "The Shore," "The Fire Balloons," "Interim," "The
Musicians," "The Wilderness," "The Naming of Names," "Usher II,"
"The Old Ones," "The Martian," "The Luggage Store," "The Off
Season," "The Watchers," "The Silent Towns," "The Long Years,"
"There Will Come Soft Rains," and "The Million-Year Picnic."
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