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The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

It is not unusual for so-called science fiction writers to be more interested in sociology than imaginative projections about technology and Bradbury certainly falls into that camp. The putative Martian natives in the early 21st century talk to each other like the most stereotyped squabbling middle American couples of the mid-20th century - they might as well be in an Arthur Miller play. There are a few paragraphs here and there describing fantastic landscapes and technologies and, of course, space travel is taken for granted even as the characters are practically still using rotary dial phones, though nuclear self-destruction on Earth is, you won't be surprised to hear, the central prediction about the future we are now in.
One thing that could be described as failure of vision (unless we grant that Bradbury wasn't really interested in writing about the future) is that North American racial and gender relationships are absolutely unchanged between 1950 and 2000.
The "Chronicles" compiled a set of loosely related vignettes that had earlier been published separately in various periodicals and taken on their own as sort of set pieces, some are very effective in the near-horror story vein that characterized The Twilight Zone.
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