“Green Town, Somewhere on Mars; Mars, Somewhere in Egypt”, An Introduction to The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Wonderful look back at Ray Bradbury’s the Martian chronicles.

The Extraterrestrial Highway

Artwork: above-left: cover illustration by Tim O’Brien; above-right: “Ray Bradbury” by Pixar artist Lou Romano.

“Don’t tell me what I’m doing; I don’t want to know!”

Those are not my words. They were spoken by my friend, the Italian film director, Federico Fellini. As he shot his screenplays scene by scene, he refused seeing the new footage trapped in the camera and printed in the laboratory at the end of each day. He wanted his scenes to remain mysterious provocateurs to lure him on.

So it has been with my stories, plays, and poems over most of my lifetime. So it was with The Martian Chronicles in the years just before my marriage in 1947, culminating in the rapid surprises of the final work in the summer of 1949. What began as an occasional story or “aside” concerning the Red Planet became a pomegranate explosion in July and August of…

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