The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Ten to Fifteen

Chapter Ten – The Locusts (February 2002/2033)-This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This vignette concerns the swift colonization of Mars. The title refers to the rockets and settlers which quickly spread across all of Mars. Chapter Eleven – Night Meeting (August 2002/2033)- This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles.This story begins with… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapters Ten to Fifteen

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine – The Green Morning (December 2001/2032)

“The Green Morning” first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. The next several chapters describe the transformation of Mars into another Earth. Small towns similar to those on Earth begin to grow. In “The Green Morning”, one man, Benjamin Driscoll, makes it his mission to plant thousands of trees on the red plains so oxygen levels… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine – The Green Morning (December 2001/2032)

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight – The Settlers (August 2001/2032)

In chapter eight,”The Settlers”, Spender returns to the rest of the expedition. He carries a gun and shoots six of his crew-mates, saying he is the last Martian. Captain Wilder approaches under a white flag and has a short discussion with Spender during which the archaeologist explains that if he manages to kill off the… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight – The Settlers (August 2001/2032)

Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler’s Reich

Robert F. Dorr’s “Mission to Berlin” documents the mission that took place on February 3, 1945 to bomb Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany.  The author does a very skilful job of telling the stories of the men who flew on it. He shares the incredible story of American fearlessness in the last months of… Continue reading Mission to Berlin: The American Airmen Who Struck the Heart of Hitler’s Reich

Poem: A Wonderful Evening

A Wonderful Evening A wonderful evening Is coming soon A special fellow The stars and moon He’ll touch your hand And hold you close Walking on beach sand Handing you a rose He’ll brush your hair Away from your face You know he cares Your dream white lace Spending time together But it goes so… Continue reading Poem: A Wonderful Evening

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seven – And the Moon Be Still as Bright (June 2001/2032)

“And the Moon Be Still as Bright”  was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1948. The next chapter opens with the men of the Fourth Expedition gathering firewood against the cold Martian evening. The scientists have found that all of the Martians have died of chickenpox (brought by one of the first three expeditions)… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seven – And the Moon Be Still as Bright (June 2001/2032)

Poem: The World Spinning

The World Spinning The world continues spinning every day, And seasons keep changing along the way, We miss our old friends from times long past by Sometimes we reflect, their memories making us cry. At times we find the solitude is just too great. We shutter when we think our future is left to fate… Continue reading Poem: The World Spinning

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Six – The Third Expedition (April 2000/2031)

The Third Expedition was first published as “Mars is Heaven!” in Planet Stories, Fall 1948. The arrival and demise of the third group of Americans to land on Mars is described by this story. This time the Martians are prepared for the Earthlings. When the crew arrives, they see a typical town of the 1920s… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Six – The Third Expedition (April 2000/2031)

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Five – The Taxpayer (March 2000/2031)

Chapter five, The Taxpayer, first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. A man insists that he has a right to be let onto the next rocket to Mars, because he is a taxpayer. He insists on being let on the ship so strongly because the Earth will be having a great atomic war soon, and no… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Five – The Taxpayer (March 2000/2031)

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Four: The Earth Men (August 1999/2030)

Chapter Four – The Earth Men (August 1999/2030) was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1948. This story tells of the “Second Expedition” to Mars. The astronauts arrive to find the Martians to be strangely unresponsive to their presence. The one exception to this is a group of Martians in a building who greet… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Four: The Earth Men (August 1999/2030)