The Martian Chronicles (1950) is a science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury. Structurally a collection of interconnected short stories, it describes humanity’s colonization of Mars and the eventual conflict that arises between Mars and Earth. The stories are set between 1999 and 2026 and follow a variety of characters, both human and Martian. The novel was written during the early years of the Cold War and reflects the anxieties of the time, particularly the fear of nuclear war. It has been adapted for television twice, once in 1980 and again in 1997. Explore a Full Book Summary and a full list of characters.


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