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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles The Shore Summary

  • Another big-picture interchapter.
  • The first men on Mars are settlers strong enough to tame a wild frontier, and never mind those Indians—uh, we mean Martians—who were there before.
  • And the first women? "Everyone knew who the first women would be" (3). Translation: prostitutes, just like back in the good ol' days of the American West. 
  • But mostly, this second wave of settlers consists of people from the cities looking for more space. Some of them are "on their way to God" (6).
  • Yep, just like the good ol' days.

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