“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
Signed by the Author on the half-title page with a doodle, dated May 4, 1981. A science fiction masterpiece of twentieth-century. The 100 Best Novels #3. Made into a TV Mini-Series.
The Martian Chronicles is a collection of independent short stories that Bradbury masterfully wove together into a cohesive narrative. Bradbury includes “interchapters” that are exclusive to this novel and do not focus on any specific characters but are used as a vehicle to drive home the larger themes of the work: the wreckage of war, the interchange of gender dynamics and prejudice.
Many of the stories made their first appearances in popular pulp magazines including Super Science Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Planet Stories. The overarching plot that Bradbury developed depicted the challenges that arose when humans began colonizing Mars. The conflict between the new colonists and the aboriginal Martians was the basis for most of the stories.