Talk:The Martian Chronicles

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Dark they were and Golden-Eyed[edit]

This story is related to the Martian Chronicles. Someone please add it in. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:23, 28 February 2013 (UTC)

This story was one of my favourite Bradbury Martian tales, and I'm almost certain that it was in the edition of "The Martian Chronicles" that I first read, during the mid-1970s. That edition was a hard-cover one for a book club, but I don't recall exactly which club; it may have been the Science Fiction Book Club, or the Book of the Month Club, or something similar. I believe the publisher (club) was British, as I borrowed it from an expatriate British engineer whilst we were living in Malaysia, and he had many more titles from that club in a uniform edition, from a subscription. This particular book was probably at least ten years old when I read it, so I'm guessing it was published around 1960. If anybody has details of that edition, including its publisher, date and contents, please do add that info to the article. yoyo (talk) 10:56, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
I've discovered that it has been sold on at some stage in the past, and was published by the Science Fiction Book Club in 1953. yoyo (talk) 15:06, 2 March 2014 (UTC)


A number of the stories were produced for Radio's X-1 series, I will check my audio files for actors' names which might help track down broadcast dates. --Alf melmac 13:08, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

The Watchers[edit]

The Bradbury short story The Watchers published in Weird Tales in 1945 is unrelated to the bridge passage of the same name in The Martian Chronicles, so I have removed the "may be different" speculation. — Walloon 18:13, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for checking and correcting that, Walloon. - 00:05, 23 January 2006 (UTC)RandomCritic.

wrong dates![edit]

The movie version of The Martian Chronicles starts in 1999. The book, though, starts in 2030. I think that should be changed in the article. It should be specified that the book and the movie have different dates. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:12, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

I've got the book in front of me right now and the first chapter is in January, 1999. --ziekerz (talk) 17:15, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Recent editions of this book have had the dates updated for 21st century readers. Don't know why this was done, maybe this would be a good section to add to the article about why this was done and how readers reacted to this. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:21, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Title of article should be italicized[edit]

It is a book title, as shown by capitalization of the word "Chronicles." (talk) 02:51, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Way in the Middle of the Air[edit]

This story was deleted from the edition I bought, so the year 2034 depicted in the main article probably should be deleted? Book was created for Book of the Month Club, ISBN 0-965-01746-X. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:20, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Paris Review[edit]

"Around 1947, when I published my first novel, Dark Carnival, I met the secretary of Norman Corwin, a big name in radio—a director, writer, and producer. Through her I sent him a copy of Dark Carnival and wrote a letter saying, If you like this book as much as I like your work, I’d like to buy you drinks someday. A week later the phone rang and it was Norman. He said, You’re not buying me drinks, I’m buying you dinner. That was the start of a lifelong friendship. That first time he took me to dinner I told him about my Martian story “Ylla.” He said, Wow, that’s great, write more of those. So I did. In a way, that was what caused The Martian Chronicles to be born.

There was another reason. In 1949, my wife Maggie became pregnant with our first daughter, Susan. Up until then, Maggie had worked full-time and I stayed home writing my short stories. But now that she was going to have the baby, I needed to earn more money. I needed a book contract. Norman suggested I travel to New York City to meet editors and make an impression, so I took a Greyhound bus to New York and stayed at the YMCA, fifty cents a night. I took my stories around to a dozen publishers. Nobody wanted them. They said, We don’t publish stories. Nobody reads them. Don’t you have a novel? I said, No, I don’t. I’m a sprinter, not a marathon runner. I was ready to go home when, on my last night, I had dinner with an editor at Doubleday named Walter Bradbury—no relation. He said, Wouldn’t there be a book if you took all those Martian stories and tied them together? You could call it “The Martian Chronicles.” It was his title, not mine. I said, Oh, my God. I had read Winesburg, Ohio when I was twenty-four years old, in 1944. I was so taken with it that I thought, Someday I’d like to write a book like this, but I’d set it on Mars. I’d actually made a note about this in 1944, but I’d forgotten about it.

I stayed up all night at the YMCA and typed out an outline. I took it to him the next morning. He read it and said, I’ll give you a check for seven hundred and fifty bucks. I went back to Los Angeles and connected all the short stories and it became The Martian Chronicles. It’s called a novel, but you’re right, it’s really a book of short stories all tied together."

Hopefully these quotes will be helpful. --Gwern (contribs) 18:07 11 May 2011 (GMT)