I'd already said what a joy it was to read The Martian Chronicles a while back. Now I get to share with you how I felt about this compendium of short stories - truly amazing work, and a lot of it very much ahead of its time.
Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of social roles being taken as forever fixed. But at the same time, Bradbury was capable of seeing much more. For instance, "June 2003: Way In The Middle Of The Air" hypothesizes a world where the civil rights movement didn't happen and African-Americans went to Mars as a group. This is, in fact, a part of The Martian Chronicles - but it has a lot more impact here on its own, and deserves to be read independently. He writes so many short horror stories and clearly loves his Poe - who shows up as a character in a few of them - but he also writes odd short love tales. The sheer size of this volume makes it probable that there's something for everyone.
Bradbury has aged extremely well, as long as you can get past the 50s-household setting of a lot of his work. I am glad that I can. Five of five stars.
If I ever read another Bradbury story, whether at school or at home, I'll fly up to Mars and cry. Incidentally, this wasn't a bad anthology. He has some good stuff going for him, but after a while they all blend together and turn out being the same.
They're either about: 1. a boy called Douglas Spaulding. 2. Spaceships and Mars. 3. People dying.
Or not. But the majority were about Douglas Spaulding and Mars.
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