|Plot Summary of The Martian Chronicles|
|"It is a string of short stories all relating to the colonization of Mars by Earthlings. It is sad, beautiful, thought-provoking, and down right awesome. Solid Science Fiction."
Autumn R, Resident Scholar
|"A Martian view of an invasion by Earth, showing humans as greedy, and unaccepting of other's ways of life. Earth colonizes Mars, kills off martians, and then leaves after much of the old civilization is thoughtlessly erased."
Andrew Fyre, Resident Scholar
|"In the book, there is a fight for freedom from the government, and from scientific studies. Also, due to this fight for freedome, there is much betrayal, and alienation. The book shows stuggles in societies to remain on top of each other, and win the war of power."
Cassandra, Resident Scholar
|"This book shows man's attempt to reach mars, first with little success as the martians purposefully of accidentally kill off the first three expeditions. Finally man gets a foothold on Mars as chickenpox wipes out most of the martian population and man starts colonising mars to escape the threat of nuclear war that is occuring on earth. The greedy entity that is mankind does not get it all their own way though as they are forced to abandon Mars and a new type of martian is born."
Neil Morey, Resident Scholar
|"Humans have landed on Mars. Having established outposts and colonies, they now set out to conquer the Martians. This novel, which is full of wonder regarding a largely fantastic (as opposed to scientifically feasible) planet, offers insights into the nature of humanity, especially as invaders. The book consists of a series of short stories that are unified mostly by time and space, all of them taking place on Mars, and show, collectively, the tendency of human beings to “fix” that which is not broken--in this case, an extraterrestrial society and culture. Some of the stories are frightening; some are amusing; some are sad; and many are thoughtful--all are enjoyable entertainment and highly recommended. After a long disappearance from the literary scene, the prolific Bradbury has recently returned, having published three or four new books. "
Gary Pullman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Martian Chronicles|
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Composition of Book
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 48%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 24%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 28%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
- colonizing/homesteading another planet
- search for identity/new understanding
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
- An "It".
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- average physique
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- average physique
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- inhabited by friendly aliens
Planet outside solar system?
Not Earth, in Solar System?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog