The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
Final Thoughts: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ray Bradbury takes us on an interstellar adventure through time, space, and 1950s social commentary. The Martian Chronicles is a collection of stories set around the turn of the 21st century, after humans have begun to explore and colonize territory on Mars. The First Men meet with the first martians, and before we know it, there are living room sets and phone lines connected through cities like New Chicago and New New York.
The stories are vastly ranging in tone and content. Bradbury shows us the dark underbelly of humanity, the pull of greed and power, and the ugliness of prejudice and fear of the unknown. Just as swiftly, he creates a fantastical landscape of canals, mountains, and ancient cities. The book is as much of a reflective view at our own history of colonization as it is a complete gem of fiction writing. Bradbury’s plots are beyond science fiction, and boy, are they inventive. In “Usher II”, a man recreates all of Poe’s despicable stories in a house made of robots to seek revenge on his guests, retaliating against the Great Fire of 1975 (books were burned – Fahrenheit 451 reference had me fangirling). In “The Long Years” a lonely man finds a strange substitute for company after being stranded when the last rockets left the planet.
I desperately wish David Lynch would pick this book up and turn it into a TV show. I would stream it in one sitting. Bradbury’s book is simply amazing. It is imaginative, fantastic, bleak, intelligent, and playful. It is a book of many faces, and it is a book that I will hold near and dear for a while. I can already feel the book hangover beginning…