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THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES

by: Ray Bradbury


The rockets came like drums, beating in the night. The rockets came like locusts, swarming and settling in blooms of rosy smoke. And from the rockets ran men with hammers in their hands to beat the strange world into a shape that was familiar to the eye, to bludgeon away all the strangeness, their mouths fringed with nails so they resembled steel-toothed carnivores, spitting them into their swift hands as they hammered up frame cottages and scuttled over roofs with shingles to blot out the eerie stars, and fit green shades to pull against the night.

--"The Locusts"

One minute it was Ohio winter, with doors closed, windows locked, the panes blind with frost, icicles fringing every roof, children skiing on slopes, housewives lumbering like great black bears in their furs along the icy streets.

--"Rocket Summer"

There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.

--"Usher II"

Guests poured from the booths, transformed from one age into another, their faces covered with dominoes, the very act of putting on a mask revoking all their licenses to pick a quarrel with fantasy and horror. The women swept about in red gowns, laughing. The men danced them attendance. And on the walls were shadows with no people to throw them, and here or there were mirrors in which no image showed.

--"Usher II"

I dare say there's lots on every planet that'll show you God's infinite ways.

--"The Third Expedition"

Chicken pox, God, chickenpox, think of it! A race builds itself for a million years, refines itself, erects cities like those out there, does everything it can to give itself respect and beauty, and then it dies. Part of it dies slowly, in its own time, before our age, with dignity. But the rest! Does the rest of Mars die of a disease with a fine name or a terrifying name or a majestic name? No, in the name of all that's holy, it has to be chicken pox!

--"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"

I'm being ironic. Don't interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it's not polite.

--"Usher II"

"I hate this feeling of thinking I'm doing right when I'm not really certain I am.

--"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"

The party moved out into the moonlight, silently. They made their way to the outer rim of the dreaming dead city in the light of the racing twin moons. Their shadows, under them, were double shadows. They did not breathe, or seemed not to, perhaps, for several minutes. They were waiting for something to stir in the dead city, some gray form to rise, some ancient ancestral shape to come galloping across the vacant sea botom on an ancient, armored steed of impossible lineage, of unbelievable derivation.

--"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"

Coming out of space was like coming out of the most beautiful cathedral they had ever seen. Touching Mars was like touching the ordinary pavement outside the church five minutes after having _really_ known your love for God.

--"The Fire Balloons"

We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The only reason we didn't set up hot-dog stands in the midst of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose.

--"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"

The Lord is not serious. In fact, it is a little hard to know just what else He is except loving. And love has to do with humor, doesn't it? For you cannot love someone unless you put up with him, can you? And you cannot put up with someone constantly unless you can laugh at him. Isn't that true? And certainly we are ridiculous little animals wallowing in the fudge bowl, and God must love us all the more because we appeal to his humor.

--"The Fire Balloons"

I've got what amounts to a religion, now. It's learning how to breathe all over again.

--"And the Moon Be Still as Bright"

It is not logical that men should accept a God, no matter how real, of another color.

--"The Fire Balloons"

There were so many things a tree could do: add color, provide shade, drop fruit or become a children's playground, a whole sky universe to climb and hang from; an architecture of food and pleasure, that was a tree.

--"The Green Morning"

Nighttime ... the time of change and affliction.

--"The Earth Men"

Mars is hell ... only waiting for our arrival before it bursts into brimstone and fire.

--"The Fire Balloons"

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