Thursday, March 07, 2019

"The Martian Chronicles"

Paramount Pictures continue developing author Ray Bradbury's science fiction fantasy, short story collection "The Martian Chronicles" as a feature for streaming:

Published in 1950, the book chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists.

"Chronicles" lies somewhere between a short story collection and an episodic novel, containing stories Bradbury originally published in the late 1940's in science fiction pulp magazines.

For publication, the stories were loosely woven together with a series of short, interstitial vignettes.

Similar to author Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" book series, Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" follows a 'future history' structure, with stories, complete in themselves, coming together as episodes in a larger sequential narrative framework.

The overall structure is in three parts, punctuated by two catastrophes: the near-extinction of the 'Martians' and the parallel near-extinction of the human race.

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