Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Introduction

The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists. The book lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing… Continue reading Martian Mondays: The Martian Chronicles – Introduction

The Martian Chronicles: Chapter Nineteen

Usher II (April 2005/2036) first published as Carnival of Madness in Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1950. “Usher II” tells of Bradbury’s and other writers’ fear of censorship. A literary expert named William Stendahl retreats to Mars and builds his image of the perfect haunted mansion, complete with mechanical creatures, creepy soundtracks and the application of… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles: Chapter Nineteen

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

The Naming of Names (2004-05/2035-36) first appeared in The Martian Chronicles. Not to be confused with the short story “The Naming of Names”, first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1949, later published as “Dark They Were, and Golden-eyed”. This story is about later waves of immigrants to Mars, and how the geography of Mars… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Eighteen

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seventeen

Way in the Middle of the Air (June 2003/2034) It first appeared in Other Worlds, July 1950. In an unnamed Southern town, a group of white men learn that all African-Americans are planning to emigrate to Mars. Samuel Teece is an obviously racist white man who loudly decries their departure as he watches a great… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Seventeen

The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Sixteen

The Wilderness (May 2003/2034) It first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1952. Two women, Janice Smith and Leonora Holmes, prepare to leave on a rocket to Mars, to find husbands or lovers waiting for them there. Janice muses on the terrors of space, drinks in last memories of the Earth… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles – Chapter Sixteen