I have no idea that reading power brought me to Mars. The fingers of one hand are enough to count the science fiction books I’ve read. In his widely read the post I chose to stick to the present and the past. Meanwhile I reached after ray Bradbury Potter’s “Martian Chronicles” – after all, it’s a Western literature classic. I went from the assumption that, contrary to the resistance to the genre should know. Well, I didn’t think The” Martian Chronicles ” with each story, BA, on each side, would please me more and more.
“The Martian Chronicles” is a short story Ray Bradbury that was first published in 1950.
Everything that happens between Mars and Earth for about thirty years (1999-2026). Technology has gone ahead, a rocket has been built, you can capture the entire space, so why not? These expeditions they go to Mars. Contrary to expectations, Humans have not met the enthusiastic natives. Also do not know how to find myself in a completely different reality, not able to understand it. Science hasn’t explained everything yet. Some of the pioneers-endowed with great sensitivity-they know that the RAID on Mars has become associated with the destruction of a culture that boasts several centuries of existence. Here is an excerpt from the story about the fate of the fourth expedition to Mars. That’s what one of the members of the expedition, the Spender, thinks:
“On the first night on Mars should not make noise, to announce his alien, meaningless brilliance of the furnace. That would be almost blasphemy. Later there will be a time of heating, the time for throwing cans of milk drained into the depths of the proud Martian canals, the time on page “new York times”, fluttering in the breeze and rustled at the bottom of the lone gray Martian seas, time for skins from bananas and candy wrappers after spices, a delicate żłobkowanych among the ruins of ancient Martian cities. Plenty of time. This thought led to the, that waver in a spirit of “.
Spender and the captain will be held this conversation:
“- We will not destroy Mars, – the captain protested. – Too big and too beautiful.
– You think so? We earth men have a talent to destroy the great beautiful things. This is why we have not placed hot dogs in the middle of the Egyptian temple in Karnak that it lies aside and it does not attract traders. In addition, Egypt is only a small part of the Earth. Here, however, the whole world is old and strange, and we must settle down somewhere and start spoiling everything. The channel will be called Rockefeller, the mountain-king George, the sea-DuPont; we also baptize the city names Lincoln, Roosevelt and Coolidge, and nothing will be as it should be, because these places have their correct names “.
It’s a novel woven from wonderful stories.
But as a result of dramatic circumstances, the colonization of Mars becomes possible, which is why the inhabitants are in danger of a nuclear war on Earth (a reflection of the real fears of Americans in the 50s.) ordinary use. Ray Bradbury describes the settlement of the planet.
Mars is in the “new beautiful world”. Everything is exciting, presents new opportunities. However, soon the researchers of this world will become residents, cover the Martian ruins of their buildings, install phones and open hot dogs. The fourth planet will be the third. Encounters with an alien civilization will not always be peaceful “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury. Meanwhile, the Earth will become an analogue of Mars, so far away that to the non-existent-and only the growing threat of war, makes the colonists remember the roots. Bradbury describes it with great attention.
I was amazed by the variety of these stories, their depth seduced and amazed, and the pronunciation scared me. I expected an excess of technology, a representation of a fictional world in which the existence-at least on the cards of the novel-do not believe. I received for this book, in which I easily found myself. Bradbury played it wisely. Space is just a relay race. Each of these stories carries a message-always far from moralizing. This is a vivid protest against colonization (but without the black-and-white division into bad Earthlings and good, peaceful Martians).
How will the colonization of Mars end?
Critical phenomena of America, thoughtlessly seized for themselves foreign lands, without respect for culture, because in the end what’s the difference if you can earn. Some maps of the” Martian Chronicles ” resemble a horror film, and other stories could be qualified within the limits of psychological prose (in the science fiction version) by treating alone, niezrozumieniu, to cope with grief. I’m sure some were inspired by Stephen king. Bradbury himself a few years after writing ” Chronicles…”will develop the story” Usher II “in his most famous novel”451º Fahrenheit”. And it was all written in amazingly beautiful language. Here is a description of a burning house with the penultimate of the stories:
In the tenth house began to die. (…) The house is still trying to save. The door slammed shut dull, but the Windows have deviated from the heat and, once inside, the wind lit the fire. The house receded; the fire by moving forward orsaka billion angry sparks, raked another room. Soon he reached the stairs and went upstairs. Meanwhile, from the walls jumped out of the herd of water rats, who shot his load and dissent after another portion. From sprinklers in suspended flowed river streams of mechanical rain. It’s too late, though. Somewhere in the depths of the house one of the pumps gnashed and froze. The rain stopped. The spare water tank, which for many days filled the bath, wash dishes, exhausted itself in the end. The fire ran down the stairs, devouring hangs in the lobby of Picasso and Matisse as the biggest treats, toasting oily flesh, gently pulling out of the canvas black crispy gills.
The Martian Chronicles is one of the best books I’ve read this year. And, of course, the one that she made me in the greatest amazement. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a science fiction novel. Well, I wish you many such discoveries next year!