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David Seed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038945

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038945.001.0001

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The Subject of Mars

The Subject of Mars

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(p.45) Chapter 2 The Subject of Mars
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Ray Bradbury
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David Seed

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038945.003.0002

This chapter discusses Ray Bradbury's writings on Mars, with a particular focus on The Martian Chronicles (1950). It covers his discovery of Edgar Rice Burroughs' fiction at the age of ten; his early Mars stories; his composition of The Martian Chronicles; his efforts to move away from clichéd images of extraterrestrials; his emphasis on a seepage between the consciousnesses of his Earthlings and Martians; how the Martians in his stories emerge as projections or distorted mirror images of the human settlers; his emphasis of the importance of dwellings in The Martian Chronicles; and his later Mars publications. The final section of the chapter discusses how the Martian story “Usher II” engages most directly with the enforcement of literary censorship.

Keywords:   Mars, The Martian Chronicles, Usher II, literary censorship, Ray Bradbury, science fiction authors

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