The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury
Illustrated by Mick Brownfield
Introduced by Chris Hadfield

Astronaut Chris Hadfield introduces these tales of space travel and thwarted utopian dreams.

Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle

Published in 1950, Ray Bradbury’s dark short stories of Martian colonisation appeared when the idea of life on the Red Planet was very real. Space travel was still a fantasy, but with the destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima fresh in his mind, and new rocket technology offering untold possibilities, Bradbury, like many science-fiction writers, turned his thoughts to the sky. However, instead of a new and distant utopia, he imagined how humanity’s failings would follow us into space, and how our clumsy notions of manifest destiny are doomed to repeat themselves, no matter how far we journey.

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