The Martian Chronicles [essay]

Ray Bradbury once said that he didn’t write science fiction. Science fiction is about the possible; he wrote fantasy. Events in his books “couldn’t happen.” [1] An argument could be made for his writing soft science fiction, more concerned with character or society rather than with the hard scientific facts.[2] …

The Martian Chronicles

First published in serial form in the 1950s The Martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories that together tell the story of humanity colonising Mars. Almost all the stories are entirely set on Mars, and deal with the effects that people have on the planet. The story opens in …