Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles (Study guide)

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Study guide for Ray Bradbury`s The Martian Chronicles (1950) Introduction (Wait until this page is completely downloaded before clicking.) Clearly Bradbury had a certain vision of the Mars in which these stories areset, a fantasy world based far more on Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (APrincess of Mars and its many sequels) than on contemporary science.Bradbury returned to this fantasy Mars in other stories not included in thisvolume (The Exiles, The Fire Balloons and TheOther Foot in The Illustrated Man, Night Call,Collect and The Lost City of Mars in I Sing the BodyElectric,; and Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed in AMedicine for Melancholy). To a certain degree, Bradbury is also writingto counteract the image of a menacing Mars as portrayed first in H. G. Well`s War of the Worlds. In this work humans from Earth play the roleof invaders from outer space. The Martian Chronicles is best read as a collection of linked shortstories rather than as a novel. Although such collections are unusual inmainstream fiction they are common in science fiction. Bradbury hasalways been more of a short story writer than a novelist, and most of thestories can be read separately from their present context. When that fact isrealized, some of the inconsistencies and contradictions in The MartianChronicles diminish in importance. The tone of the stories variesmarkedly. Some are very much in the mode of the horror tales which he had atfirst specialized in (collected in The October Country ), andothers ...

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