Friday, June 13, 2014
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
If you like short stories and you like science fiction, you are almost sure to like Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Originally published in 1950, it has retained much of its ability to inspire awe and wonder in the reader as we consider what it might be like to visit and colonize Mars.
The stories are in chronological order regarding when their events occur, but most of the stories are not directly related to one another. In one, we see the effect of being able to fly to Mars on race relations in the American South. In another, we observe how the Martians react to the second expedition from Earth. In others, we see how settling on Mars affects individuals and families and whole cities.
If you enjoy this short story collection, you might also enjoy Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man, Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, or Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.