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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles Characters

Meet the Cast


Americans/Humans

We admit that it's weird to call "Americans/Humans" a character, but it's hard to shake the feeling that the really important figure in this book is humanity itself. And most of the examples of hum...

Characters in "Ylla"

Ylla and Yll K are a typical 1940s suburban couple, except for the teeny little fact that they're Martians with "yellow coin eyes" (3). Yll goes into the city to work while Ylla spends her days cle...

Characters in "The Earth Men"

Williams and His Crew Picture this: you fly millions of miles in a rocket ship to an entirely different planet, and when you get there a housewife shrieks at you to keep your muddy boots off her c...

Characters in "The Taxpayer"

Okay, maybe this section should really be called "Character in the Taxpayer," but the thing is that Pritchard is really standing in for anyone and everyone who thinks that paying the same taxes eve...

Characters in "The Third Expedition"

Captain John Black, the Third Expedition, and the Martians ("The Third Expedition") So, sixteen guys are headed to Mars on a rocket ship. Sounds like the set up for a joke, doesn't it? Well, it's...

Characters in "—And The Moon Be Still As Bright"

Jeff Spender Jeff Spender is like the guy in class who takes a joke a little too far, if by "joke" you mean "honoring the Martian past" and by "a little too far" you mean "killing all the humans...

Characters in "The Green Morning"

Driscoll is the Johnny Appleseed of Mars, only with a motorcycle and a slight habit of fainting. He faints when he gets to Mars because the air is so low in oxygen. Then at the end of the story, wh...

Characters in "Night Meeting"

Tomás Gomez Gomez carries a deadly weapon: his smile. Unlike some of the early explorers of Mars (like Biggs and Parkhill), Gomez seems like a nice guy. When he meets a Martian, Gomez doesn't rea...

Characters in "The Fire Balloons"

Very Reverend Father Joseph Daniel Peregrine Father Peregrine is a playful priest. (And evidently an alliterative one, too.) He might start off looking like a silly joker, but we quickly learn th...

Characters in "The Wilderness"

Janice Smith and Leonora Holmes Now that the menfolk have settled the planet, Mars needs women. (Although you kind of sense that Bradbury wishes it didn't.) Janice, Leonora—doesn't really matte...

Characters in "Way in the Middle of the Air"

Samuel Teece Samuel Teece may be racist, but he does have some good qualities. For example… Scratch that. He has no redeeming qualities. He's racist, he's mean to his wife (Clara Teece), he thr...

Characters in "Usher II"

William Stendahl Stendahl builds an entire mansion just to kill the people who burned his library. Seriously. Now, we know that Ray Bradbury takes book burning pretty seriously, but—whew. That i...

Characters in "The Martian"

Mr. "Lafe" LaFarge and Mrs. Anna LaFargeThe LaFarges must have the best pension plan ever, since they've retired to Mars at 55 and 60 years old (14). (Fun fact: you probably assumed that Lafe is 60...

Characters in "The Off Season"

Sam Parkhill Parkhill is a guy who would go all the way to Mars just to set up a hot dog stand. When a Martian comes to talk to him, he threatens to give him "the Disease" (22) and then "go on and...

Characters in "The Silent Towns"

Walter Gripp is a man on a mission: for female companionship. He can never find it, and we suspect that's because he has totally unrealistic standards for women. In fact, he's kind of a jerk. Grip...

Characters in "The Long Years"

Hathaway is the doctor and geologist from the Fourth Expedition. He decided to settle on Mars with his family—his wife (Alice), two daughters (Marguerite and Susan), and son (John)—to do "remot...

Characters in "There Will Come Soft Rains"

Okay, so the automated house isn't exactly a character—but it's still pretty awesome. Think about how much having one of these babies would improve your life (or at least increase your intake of...

Characters in "The Million-Year Picnic"

Timothy Timothy and his family come to Mars with the pretext that they're just off for a holiday jaunt. Surprise: they're not. They're resetting, and Timothy is either in for an amazing adventure...
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