Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

“I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments, I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.” – Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury

Spoiler alert! Spoilers are in this review! I first read this collection of short stories in 1992.  It includes a reprint of the 1983 story, “The Toynbee Convector” that appeared in the January 1984 issue of “Playboy.”   Here is the story plot/summary.  The story’s protagonist claims to have returned from the future.  He has… Continue reading The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Chapter Twelve – The Fire Balloons – This story first appeared as “…In This Sign” in Imagination, April 1951. A missionary expedition of Episcopal priests from the United States anticipates sins unknown to them on Mars. Instead, they meet ethereal creatures glowing with blue flames in crystal spheres, who have left the material world, and… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Twelve: The Fire Balloons

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eleven: Night Meeting

This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This story begins with a conversation between an old man and a young traveler, Tomás Gomez. The older man explains that he came to Mars because he appreciates the new and novel. Even everyday things have become amazing to him once again. He has returned full circle… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eleven: Night Meeting

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Chapter Ten – “The Locusts” – This story first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. This vignette concerns the swift colonization of Mars. The title refers to the rockets and settlers that quickly spread across all of Mars. A 1997 edition of the book advances all the dates by 31 years. This story is advanced from… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Ten: The Locusts

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

“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 Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Nine: The Green Morning

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

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… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eight: The Settlers

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The genesis of Fahrenheit 451 is in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles where he has the story of book burning. Published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is as relevant today as it was when it first went into print. Set in an unspecified city, Fahrenheit 451 is set at some unspecified time in the future. “The… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Six: The Third Expedition

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 Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Six: The Third Expedition

Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Five: The Taxpayer

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 Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Five: The Taxpayer