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The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

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Looks like we might be getting a movie version of The Martian Chronicles. Wonder who's going to play Spender? (Source.)

For such a depressing writer, Bradbury knew a lot about the happiest place on Earth. He consulted for Walt Disney about Disney World and even wrote the original script for the Spaceship Earth ride. (Source.)

In 1985 Bradbury published Death is a Lonely Business, a story about a young writer in Los Angeles who is clearly based on Bradbury himself. For instance, the writer wrote "a tale about a Martian wife who, lovesick, dreams that an Earth Man drops from the sky to take her away"—which of course is the plot of "Ylla." (Bradbury was married to his wife for decades, until she died.)

Bradbury died in June 2012. His tombstone simply names him as "Author of Fahrenheit 451." Clearly, the idea of men setting fire to books was one of his central ideas: he tried it out in "Usher II," "The Musicians," and "The Fireman" (which is a non-Martian story he wrote around the same time as The Martian Chronicles), before really going to town with Fahrenheit 451. (Source.)

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