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Literature: Martian Chronicles

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The 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 up.

But more rockets arrived from Earth, and more, 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 flame.

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(1920–2012). In his stories American author Ray Bradbury wove together the intrigue of changing technology with insightful social commentary. One of his best-known works was The Martian Chronicles (1950), a collection of interrelated stories concerning colonization of the planet Mars that attracted readers both young and old. In it, Bradbury portrayed the strengths and weaknesses of human beings as they encountered a new world.

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. He grew up in Waukegan and in Los Angeles, California, where he founded a magazine called Futuria Fantasia while in high school.

He sold his first short story when he was 21 years old. His early stories were published in pulp magazines, but Bradbury later published stories in such mainstream magazines as The New Yorker, Mademoiselle,and the Saturday Evening Post.

His science fiction and fantasy short-story collections included The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man (1951), and Dinosaur Tales (1983). Bradbury’s 1980 collection, The Stories of Ray Bradbury, covers a wide range of topics, none of which is truly science fiction. His novels included Fahrenheit 451(1953), Dandelion Wine (1957), and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962). Fahrenheit 451 was made into a motion picture in 1966, and The Martian Chronicles later appeared both as a motion picture and a television mini-series.

Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, in Los Angeles.

For more about Ray Bradbury and how his life influenced his writing search Encyclopedia Britannica on the link below.

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