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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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Dec 01, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

Bradbury, Ray. The Martian chronicles. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1958. Print.

Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles is a science fiction read about the behavior of Martians and humans immigration to Mars. The book begins with a Martian couple arguing over the wife’s dream of a rocket landing on Mars. The man in the rocket turned out to be a human astronaut who wanted to take the wife (Ylla) to earth. The Martians, in particular, Yll (the husband) murders the humans through shooting. Progressively more rockets land and by the third rocket, the Martians diminish. The planet mars is then taken over by the humans and earth is gone in the nuclear war.

This book is broken into sections of different stories on the exploration of Mars making it a bit difficult to recall each event. However, the book serves well in answering the guiding question of why aliens are hidden. Since I believe concealing alien existence is unnecessary because many people know of many stories or been a witness, the book shows that aliens will not be harmful. Humans turned out to take over the Martians planet and cause them to die encouraging the possibility that aliens will be friendly.

In conclusion, The Martian Chronicles was actually a good read because it was interesting and intriguing. The reasons why it was interesting and intriguing is how the book is written and the descriptions of Mars, the Martians and humans. It is many stories within one book of how humans made Mars their own new home. One example of great detail is this quote: “The sound of her feet fluttered through the stone house. Outside, the immense blue Martian sky was hot and still as a warm deep sea water. The Martian desert lay broiling like a prehistoric mud pot, waves of heat rising and shimmering.” Also this example of the text in the book shows that this book was an easy read. I would recommend this book to anyone but in particular, those who have an interest in aliens or have a curiosity of Mars.


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