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Martian Chronicles, The

by Ray Bradbury  |  Grades: 9-12  |  Lexile 740  |  Reading Level 6.2

Soar above the fossil seas and crystal pillars of a dead world in the pages of Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. A milestone of American literature, Bradbury s classic collection of interconnected vignettes about life on the red planet diverges from the War of the Worlds theme, in which humanity must defend its shores against its neighbors, for in Bradbury's prismatic vision, humanity is the conqueror, colonizing Mars to escape an Earth devastated by atomic war and environmental catastrophe. Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a must-read for any fan of science fiction or fantasy, a crucial precursor to films like Avatar and Alien and books like Kim Stanley Robinson s Red Mars and Dan Simmons Hyperion, and a haunting prophesy of humanity s destiny to bring our old dreams and follies along with us wherever we may venture forth.

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