By Ray Bradbury
Start above the fossil seas and crystal pillars of a deadworld within the pages of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. A milestoneof American literature, Bradbury’s vintage selection of interconnectedvignettes approximately existence at the crimson planet diverges from the War of the Worlds theme,in which humanity needs to safeguard its shorelines opposed to its pals, for in Bradbury’sprismatic imaginative and prescient, humanity is the conqueror, colonizing Mars to flee an Earthdevastated by means of atomic conflict and environmental disaster. Bradbury’s TheMartian Chronicles is a must-read for any fan of technology fiction orfantasy, a very important precursor to motion pictures like Avatar and Alien andbooks like Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion,and a haunting prophesy of humanity’s future to deliver our previous goals andfollies in addition to us anywhere we may well enterprise forth.
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In 1977 he illustrated one of the first graphic novels, “The Son of Sherlock Holmes”. More recently, Ralph was the illustrator of the continuing daily comic strip “Flash Gordon” for King Features. Daniel Torres was born in Valencia, Spain, where he began his career as an illustrator. He is the creator of the comic characters Roco Vargas as well as an illustrator for Esquire, Playboy, Premiere and Sports Illustrated. Executive Editor: Byron Preiss Editor : Howard Zimmerman Art Director/Designer : Dean Motter Assistant Editor : Jessica Steinberg Managing Editor : Sally Arbuthnot Additional Lettering : Kurt Hathaway Special Thanks to : Lou Aronica and Robert Simpson at Bantam Books, Don Congdon, Rafael Martinez, Vicente Campos, Richard Bruning, Rosana Ragusa, Veronica Carman, the folks at Sprintout and Uncle Ray.
IT WAS A CRIME... I’VE FELT GUILTY EVER SINCE, FELT THE NEED OF PUNISHMENT... ISN’T THAT ODD? I HAVE TO GO NOW... IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT? NOTHING, THANKS. THE DOOR SHUT. GEORGE STARED OUT AT THE RAIN, HIS HANDS TWISTING TOGETHER. A VOICE CAME OVER THE INTERCOM... MR. HILL, YOUR WIFE IS HERE TO SEE YOU. GOOD-BYE THEN, MR. HILL. YOUR WIFE IS WAITING IN THE ANTEROOM, WILL YOU SEE HER? GEORGE GRIPPED THE BARS… MR. HILL? BUT... SHE’S DEAD! I KILLED HER! …I SAW HER FALL! I SHOT HER! MR. HILL, DO YOU HEAR ME?
A DOOR CLANGED BEHIND HIM AND GEORGE DID NOT MOVE, BUT STOOD THERE AT THE WINDOW, STARING... IT’S THE LAW, ANYHOW. YOU REMEMBER. THE OTHERS ARE SENTENCED, TOO. THE PRESIDENT OF MARIONETTES, INC. WILL DIE AT TWELVE THIRTY. HIS THREE ASSISTANTS WILL GO AT ONE. THE USE OF MARIONETTES HAS GROWN SO MUCH IN THE LAST YEAR IT’S FANTASTIC. THE PUBLIC MUST BE SCARED OUT OF IT, AND SCARED BADLY... ARE THE ROBOTS ALIVE OR DEAD? WHERE DOES LIFE BEGIN OR END? YOU KNOW, THEY JUST PASSED THAT “LIVE ROBOT” LAW.
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