Ray Bradbury - The Complete Martian Chronicles remarqued ltd edn
Dust jacket and interior illustrations by Edward Miller, who has signed and remarqued this second printing copy with an original illustration. Presented in an after-market slipcase.
Introductions by Joe Hill and John Scalzi.
Afterwords by Richard Matheson and Marc Scott Zicree.
Notes: A reprint (2nd printing) of one of our most requested titles. The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition is oversized, huge (at more than 750 pages), printed in black ink throughout, with a full color dust jacket and interior plates by Edward Miller.
In addition to the classic collection, the book contains an additional 23 short stories, as well as introductions and after-words, listed below.
About the Book: In the course of his long, illustrious career, Ray Bradbury has created some of the most memorable and enduring fiction of our time. While no one work can adequately represent the range and depth of his achievement, it may well be that The Martian Chronicles will come to stand as his most singular accomplishment. A visionary account of the first attempt to extend the human enterprise to another planet, this unique and resonant book is both a seminal work of science fiction and a permanent addition to modern popular culture.
The episodic saga begins during the “rocket summer” of 1999, when the first outbound ships depart for Mars, leaving the bleak Ohio winter behind. It ends, 27 years later, during a “million year picnic” which casts a harsh, reflective light on an entire civilization.
Along the way, Bradbury introduces a gallery of distinctive characters, all of whom have powerful reasons for seeking a newer life. Some are actively escaping--from racism, from political and cultural repression, from the never-ending prospect of war. Some are actively searching--for adventure, for uncharted horizons, for a sense of spiritual renewal. Together, they create a frontier society as complex, varied, and tragically flawed as the one they left behind.
The result is a work of philosophical humanism filled with memorable scenes and indelible images.
A wealthy settler builds a new “House of Usher” and wages bloody war against a dull and lifeless bureaucracy.
Translucent “fire balloons” offer intricate lessons in matters of the spirit.
A telepathic Martian helplessly absorbs the hopes, grief, and memories of the surrounding human populace.
A solitary survivor creates an automated family to help keep loneliness at bay.
Moments like these offer something deeper and grander than simple entertainment. As the author pointedly reminds us: “It is good to renew one’s wonder.” The Martian Chronicles accomplishes this task with wit, grace, and unselfconscious artistry. It will doubtless continue to do so for generations to come.
With more than 50 stories, essays, introductions and two full-length screenplays by Bradbury himself, The Martian Chronicles: the Complete Edition is a volume for the permanent shelf, one which chronicles the evolution of Bradbury’s Mars from the original classic volume and beyond.
The second edition will be limited to 750 cloth bound hardcover copies.
Table of Contents
Meeting the Wizard by John Scalzi
Part One: The Martian Chronicles
The Long Road to Mars by Ray Bradbury
Green Town, Somewhere on Mars; Mars, Somewhere in Egypt. An Introduction by Ray Bradbury
The Summer Night
The Earth Men
The Third Expedition
—And the Moon Be Still as Bright
The Green Morning
The Fire Balloons
The Naming of Names
The Old Ones
The Luggage Store
The Off Season
The Silent Towns
There Will Come Soft Rains
The Million-Year Picnic
How I Wrote My Book by Ray Bradbury (text version)
Part Three: The Other Martian Tales of Ray Bradbury
Undiscovered Mars, Unseen Bradbury by Joe Hill
The Lonely Ones
The One Who Waits
Dead of Summer
The Martian Ghosts
They All Had Grandfathers
The Strawberry Window
Way in the Middle of the Air
The Other Foot
The Love Affair
The Lost City of Mars
Payment in Full
Night Call, Collect
The Blue Bottle
Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed
Lost Mars: The Unpublished Martian Stories of Ray Bradbury by Marc Scott Zicree
Part Four: The Screenplays
For Ray Bradbury by Richard Matheson
The Martian Chronicles, 1963 Screenplay by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicle, 1997 Screenplay by Ray Bradbury