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The Strange And Wonderful Tale Of Man S Experiences On Mars, Filled With Intense Images And Astonishing Visions Now Part Of The Voyager Classics CollectionThe Martian Chronicles Tells The Story Of Humanity S Repeated Attempts To Colonize The Red Planet The First Men Were Few Most Succumbed To A Disease They Called The Great Loneliness When They Saw Their Home Planet Dwindle To The Size Of A Fist They Felt They Had Never Been Born Those Few That Survived Found No Welcome On Mars The Shape Changing Martians Thought They Were Native Lunatics And Duly Locked Them UpBut Rockets Arrived From Earth, And , Piercing The Hallucinations Projected By The Martians People Brought Their Old Prejudices With Them And Their Desires And Fantasies, Tainted Dreams These Were Soon Inhabited By The Strange Native Beings, With Their Caged Flowers And Birds Of FlameContents Rocket SummerYllaThe Summer NightThe Earth MenThe TaxpayerThe Third Expedition And The Moon Be Still As BrightThe SettlersThe Green MorningThe LocustsNight MeetingThe ShoreInterimThe MusiciansWay In The Middle Of The AirThe Naming Of NamesUsher IIThe Old OnesThe MartianThe Luggage StoreThe Off SeasonThe WatchersThe Silent TownsThe Long YearsThere Will Come Soft RainsThe Million Year Picnic Ray Bradbury has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite authors He s the LeBron of writing The G.O.A.T.And Scott Brick has suddenly secured his spot at the top of my list of favorite audiobook narrators He is the Tom Brady of narrating Also, G.O.A.T So what happens when you mix the two together Something magical There isn t even a word or an amazingly alliterative animalistic acronym to describe what happens But, man, if you want to take your Bradbury experience to the next level, let Scott Brick read his books to you It s just beautiful The Martian Chronicles is something I just jumped into I didn t know anything about it I didn t read the synopsis I didn t Wikipedia it I just dove right on into the celestial waters and listened to it for a few days I could read Bradbury describe the weather or what it feels like to watch paint dry or how to change a car battery or how to fry an egg and I would savor every bit of it This guy writes poetry and stretches it out into a novel or in this case several short stories that kinda mesh together into a novel It would be tough to call this science fiction I mean it takes place on Mars, there are Martians, there is time travel, but all of those things exist in Ray s stories to paint something much metaphoric and brilliant than rockets and aliens Each story on its own is just a delight to read, and when you tie everything together it just creates a wonderful book that is fun to read, but it also makes you stop and think and consider life and humanity and deeper stuff like that I had a blast listening to this, and I couldn t recommend it to you Find the audiobook if you can Read everything this guy has written That s what I m gonna do. RIDDLE ME A MARTIAN RIDDLE A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like a human, kills humans, replaces humans, wants to be accepted and loved by a human Answer A Martian A Riddle What walks on two legs, uses two arms, talks like a human, acts like an animal except that s unfair to animals, kills others of its kind, wages war on its own kind, and destroys its own planet Answer A Human A Riddle What is built like a succession of linked stories, feels at times like a play by Brecht, feels at times like a mournful and elegiac ode to the dying of small towns, is a wise tale of human nature, is written with melancholy and sighs, is quietly sinister, is gently tragic, yet is also a science fiction novel Answer The Martian Chronicles A Riddle What is a ball of blue fire, a transcended entity, a being that lives in God s grace, a model of wisdom and goodness, and a terrifying symbol of the unknowable What is meek and shall inherit their earth but has lost the inclination Answer A Martian A Riddle What should have stayed on its own planet What does not belong on Mars What persists in persisting What flees from home What destroys that home What flees back to that destruction What eradicates much of what it comes into contact What is a hopeless fool What has a little just a little hope for it yet Answer A Human A Riddle What is science fiction as parable What creates a series of haunting and haunted tableaux onto which we can project our own desires and fears What transcends genre trappings What is a landscape of forgotten plans and failed goals What is like a waking dream What is a journey that begins in death and ends with a small, fragile chance that all is not lost What is like tears painted on a page What is witty and sardonic and tender and angry and, finally, full of its own strange and painfully human soulfulness Answer The Martian Chronicles We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful thingsThis brilliant collection of science fiction short stories combines elements of humour and tragedy to show us how much man must learn, as such a very dim view of human society is evoked in these pages Before he enters the world of the Martian, he has a lot of developing to do Bradbury suggests that Martian culture has transcended its human counterpart the Martians have accepted an almost animalistic ethos in which they live for the simple sake of existence They do not question religion or science they blend the two together in a display of cultural harmony However, the brutish man is too limited to do this and as a result has lost all sense of himself The image of the Martian way of life is captured in the serene beauty of their cities, which is juxtaposed against the humans incessant trespassing on foreign soil He is the invader, the unwelcome guest For centuries man has dreamed about going to Mars He has finally achieved this monumental feat, and when he arrived, he expected to be greeted as a hero he expected to be greeted with open arms by the Martians But, alas, the Martians have a very different opinion to the aliens that invaded their planet They have a funny and very realistic response to the intruders They raise their laser pistols and get ready to fire The humans could not comprehend that perhaps the aliens may be different to themselves they didn t consider that their so called expeditions could be received so negativelyIt is good to renew one s wonder, said the philosopher Space travel has again made children of us allIndeed, the children man did not stop to think about what he was doing he simply rushed in and expected the best He ignorantly presumed that he wouldn t be received as a threat and an invader that needed to be fought off Time and time again man repeats his mistakes, and, for me, this formed the main motif of this collection of short stories Humanity never learns The repeated expeditions into the unknown only ended in disaster, first for the humans and then eventually for the Martian people In these stories Bradbury questions human existence and the futility of its explorations They each carry a powerful moral message By drawing the parallel between human and Martian culture, Bradbury captures how flawed human aspirations are Humans will never be fulfilled and complete They are harboured by a perpetual longing to have than what they need The continuous visits to Mars symbolise this Earth is not enough for man, he wants Mars too in his folly Bradbury s stories suggest that he needs to take a step back before he ruins something beautiful This is a great collection of science fiction stories that, together, speak louder than they do alone Whilst each is individual, they are, of course, meant to be read as a collection This provides a comment of the nature of man, and a highly entertaining reading experience These are some of Ray Bradbury s finest short stories, don t miss them We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The Martian Chronicles, a perfect example of what I d call a quintessential Bradbury fragmentary, at times disjointed, occasionally crossing the line into the realm of surreal, full of his trademark nostalgia and sadness, this account of the failed American Dream approach to the exploration of the ultimate frontier never stops fascinating me and drawing me in with its inexplicable charm Side note as a person of Russian descent, I reserve the right to run on long winded sentences in the best tradition of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky of which my literature teacher mother clearly approves.It is such a multifaceted tale It is a condemnation of the dear to the human heart way of exploration and colonization that is, coming to a place new to us and attempting to turn it into a carbon copy of home , of the place where we come from, of the place that gives us comfort and all else be damned It is an ode to the beauty of the strange and un understood alienness It is a criticism of the American Dream which was written in the heyday of this Dream It is a thinly veiled cautionary tale about the perils of science when misapplied It is all of the above and none of the above, with everything masterfully interwoven to create a unique unforgettable reading experience Who wants to see the Future, who ever does A man can face the Past, but to think the pillars crumbled, you say And the sea empty, and the canals dry, and the maidens dead, and the flowers withered The Martian was silent, but then he looked ahead But there they are I see them Isn t that enough for me They wait for me now, no matter what you say. The story, for those who somehow are not familiar with it, is simple In the far future of 1999, rocket ships from Earth start coming to Mars The Martians the enigmatic, serene, telepathic race sense the disturbances Eventually they die off, and the colonization in the American Dream style begins, until the nuclear war on Earth interferes But the narrative is not quite this linear It is made of separate, rather stand alone short stories that often read as interludes, some straightforward, some surreal, but all of them quite haunting, memorable, and thought provoking Bradbury is was, actually I still can t believe he s dead a master of writing peaceful, nostalgic sadness that feels upliftingly purifying His writing is poetic and lyrical, often dreamlike, with almost a musical quality to it He often straddles the line between cautionary and moralistic, but mostly succeeds at not crossing over to the unpleasantly preachy side He is exceptionally good at writing amazing short fiction since this is what this book essentially is, a collection of interlinked short stories He manages to create a memorable, beautifully flowing, sophisticated story without a steadily progressing plot, without a main or even a major character, without even a consistent setting Night are night for every year and every year, for no reason at all, the woman comes out and looks at the sky, her hands up, for a long moment, looking at the green burning of Earth, not knowing why she looks, and then she goes back and throws a stick on the fire, and the wind comes up and the dead sea goes on being dead. Now, as an aside, I heard this book described as not really a science fiction book but a speculative fiction book quite a few times, almost apologetically, as though science fiction is something to be ashamed of I understand that this book is essentially a crossover phenomenon which appeals to sci fi fans and general public alike, and describing it as something else besides sci fi can help generate a wider audience and a broader appeal But hey, I realized that I don t want to be the person falling into this trap the trap of dismissing sci fi as something that is not literary enough, something of interior quality, something to be apologetic about Bradbury, Le Guin, Mi ville, Lem insert your own favorite acclaimed sci fi author here are NOT great writers thatahemjust happen to write sci fi but maybe not quite really They are excellent sci fi writers, and that s how I recommend their books, even at the threat of losing potential audience After all, Bradbury s The Martian Chronicles was not only one of the first books that I checked out of the adult library, but also the book which cemented my love for science fiction, first fueled by Poul Anderson s Call Me Joe The Martian Chronicles is an excellent book, the one that I will continue to re read every few years or so It deserves ALL the stars The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water.