Description Mars was a distant shore, and the men spread upon it in wave.... Each wave different, and each wave stronger.
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, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.
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.
Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of 20th-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.
For some reason, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury was one that always slipped me by. When the opportunity came up to grab it as part of a 2-for-1 deal a while back I jumped at it without even listening to the sample.
And boy, am I glad I finally got to experience this masterpiece! Bradbury paints such a unique picture of life on Mars for the new colonists and depicts their struggles and failures vividly well. Bradbury apparently published the originals short stories over many years yet still kept a common thread woven tightly throughout.
Each story unique in its own way, written sometimes decades apart yet all forming one fantastic work of art.
I'm often astounded when I read old sci-fi and just how original their ideas were, and how many (this book included) are still timeless today. Yes, there are lots of outdated technology references but that's always going to happen, but still plenty more space-age futuristic stuff dreamed up by the genius mind of Bradbury.
Narrated by Mark Boyett, his rendition was flawless. His tone, his gravitas, everything about his performance was quality. I'd listen to anything read by him any day of the week.
If you've not read this and you're a fan of thought-provoking sci-fi, then do yourself a favour and get The Martian Chronicles today.