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Bradbury, Ray -- The Martian Chronicles [Book]
New York: Doubleday, 1973. First Illustrated Edition. 275pp. Hardcover: NEAR FINE. Dust Wrapper: NEAR FINE. This edition includes 10 full-page drawings, a biographical sketch of Bradbury and a list of his body of work. Book is solid, some minor bumping to spine and a few pencil marks on the front endsheet. Dust Wrapper has minor chips, some sunning to spine and smudges on the rear flap. SIGNED by Bradbury on the half title.
Bradbury's first major work and a science fiction landmark, The Martian Chronicles is a series of short stories describing the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars. The interwoven stories result in an emotional impact that is uncommon in science fiction of that era. Bradbury’s significant contribution to science fiction / fantasy is undeniable. An asteroid is named after him, and a crater on the Moon is named after his novel Dandelion Wine. In 2007, Bradbury received a special citation from the Pulitzer board for his "distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy." His New York Times obituary called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.