Reviews for Martian Chronicles

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Yes, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes are amazing full-length novels. But Bradbury‚ ôs best, IMHO, was that most intriguing of all fiction types: the short story cycle. Published in 1950, this relates the colonization of Mars. While at first the Martians succeed in repelling the invaders, Earth‚ ôs fourth expedition succeeds, helped along by a plague that has decimated the natives. The trickle of early settlers turns into a river, and soon Mars is very much a copy of the Earth everyone was so intent to leave: rotten. In ‚ úThe Off Season,‚ ù most of the population returns to Earth only to die in a nuclear war. Bradbury‚ ôs eternal hopefulness shines through in the few who have stayed behind become the ‚ únew‚ ù Martians. Lyrical, compelling, and with a strong anticapitalistic streak. -- Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", LJ Reviews 7/5/12 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.