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review 2015-09-17 12:27
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
bookshelves: autumn-2011, published-1950, sci-fi, little-green-men, fraudio, autumn-2015, re-visit-2015, play-dramatisation, beautifully-put, author-love, radio-4, lit-richer
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 23, 2011 to September 14, 2015

 

blurb - The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. 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.


This starts in Bradbury's future, January 1999 and his take on the first successful manned mission to Mars is splendidly irreverent. The Earthmen are so full up with their own importance, success and agenda that they are totally phased by the indifference they are greeted with - lot like some *cough* countries, eh?

"We'd like someone to give us the keys to the city and shake our hands"

There is a background noise where Bradbury is trying to tell us Earthmen that we already live a messed-up mentality and are trying to spread it around the universe and as such, this is a horror story written poetically, Bradbury's deceptive and descriptive narrative is beautifully penned.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0474xcb

Re-visit details: Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in a thrilling new dramatisation, re-imagining Ray Bradbury's timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.

When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

Dramatised for radio by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.
Original Music: Imran Ahmad
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review 2014-12-07 00:00
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun - Ray Bradbury "I haven't read Bradbury in years but when I saw this nice looking volume on the shelves at my local B&N I snapped it up. So glad I did. Revisiting Mars as envisioned by Mr. Bradbury oh those many decades ago brought me great pleasure. Bradbury saw the world - and far-flung places like Mars - with almost childlike innocence and wonder. His prose flows like poetry, his words paint beautiful landscapes in our minds.
Even if, like me, you have read these stories before do yourself a favor and revisit the Red Planet, Ohio, and Illinois created by the words of the brilliant Ray Bradbury. You cannot possible go wrong.
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review 2014-10-10 00:00
The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury Incredibly odd and disturbing, few books have made me think - or feel - as much as this one has.
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review 2014-10-10 00:00
The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury Incredibly odd and disturbing, few books have made me think - or feel - as much as this one has.
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review 2014-09-22 20:53
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

This was an assigned text for my brother, but after I finished reading all my texts for the year I got desperate and read all his.

Mark Monday's review is clever and engaging and got me thinking about this one and did I ever bother to post a review (NO). Discussions of classic sci fi at the dinner table invariably include the section where the Spouse and I talk to each other about how Bradbury isn't really science fiction at all. I personally believe that was just the biggest market for stories at the time and/or the easiest market to tailor his stories to. Veronica mostly glazes over for this part of the discussion, except to reiterate how much she hated Fahrenheit 451, and fair enough, that's a horrible introduction to his work. I think he's better at the vaguely horror stuff and highly recommend Something Wicked This Way Comes, or The Illustrated Man which was my assigned book, and has a nice mix of sci fi and just plain creepy.

In general I'd also recommend him for any reader in a "you kids stay off of my lawn" mood. Read him on your front porch where you can wave your cane of crankiness at people who don't read real paper books anymore.

My brother's copy(less)

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