Reviews for Martian Chronicles

Library Journal Reviews 1997 March
The Martian Chronicles, widely considered to be sf legend Bradbury's masterpiece, is less science fiction than social commentary on the America of the years immediately following World War II. These stories of Earth's colonization of Mars, including the accidental wiping out of most Martians and a nuclear war back home, are really about what concerned many Americans at the time they were written: the threat of annihilation, conformity, racism, censorship, the promise and fear of technology, and the stability of the family. Bradbury is essentially asking an audience nostalgic for a simpler time to examine the nature of civilization. While his characters and plots seem a bit dated, his themes still resonate. Peter Marinker is an excellent narrator; his wide variety of character voices truly enhance the material. Recommended for all collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr., New York Copyright 1998 Library Journal Reviews