Friday, June 25, 2010

Rocket Summer: Introducing The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition

Welcome to Rocket Summer, where I’ll be blogging throughout the next couple of months about the new, long-awaited, already-sold-out, signed, limited, 750-page, expanded edition of the Ray Bradbury magnum opus, The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition (2009, Subterranean Press & PS Publishing). This beautiful volume, dedicated “From all who worked on this special edition to the Wizard of Mars himself, Ray Bradbury” and which I will be giving away at the end of the summer, is divided into several parts:

Part One: The Martian Chronicles (the classic stories)

Meeting the Wizard, an introduction by John Scalzi (2009, excerpt)

The Long Road to Mars, Introduction to 40th Anniversary Edition, by Ray Bradbury (1990, excerpt)

Green Town, Somewhere On Mars; Mars, Somewhere in Egypt, An Introduction, by Ray Bradbury (2009, excerpt)

Rocket Summer
The Summer Night
The Earth Men
The Taxpayer
The Third Expedition
-- And the Moon Be Still as Bright
The Settlers
The Green Morning
The Locusts
Night Meeting
The Shore
The Fire Balloons
The Musicians
The Wilderness
The Naming of Names
Usher II
The Old Ones
The Martian
The Luggage Store
The Off Season
The Watchers
The Silent Towns
The Long Years
There Will Come Soft Rains
The Million-Year Picnic

Part Two: Additional Materials

How I Wrote My Book, an essay by Ray Bradbury (1950, excerpt)

Part Three: The Other Martian Tales (previously uncollected or unpublished stories)

Undiscovered Mars, Unseen Bradbury, an introduction by Joe Hill (2009)

The Lonely Ones (1949)
The Exiles (1950)
The One Who Waits (1949)
The Disease (2009)
Dead of Summer (2009)
The Martian Ghosts (2009)
Jemima True (2009)
They All Had Grandfathers (2009)
The Strawberry Window (1954)
Way in the Middle of the Air (1950)
The Other Foot (1951)
The Wheel (2009)
The Love Affair (1982)
The Marriage (2009)
The Visitor (1948)
The Lost City of Mars (1967)
Holiday (1949)
Payment in Full (1950)
The Messiah (1971)
Night Call, Collect (1949)
The Blue Bottle (1950)
Dark They Were, and Golden Eyed (1949)

Lost Mars, The Unpublished Martian Stories of Ray Bradbury, an afterword by Marc Scott Zicree (2009, excerpt)

Part Four: The Screenplays (previously unpublished)

For Ray Bradbury, an introduction by Richard Matheson (2005, excerpt)

The Martian Chronicles, 1963 Screenplay by Ray Bradbury
The Martian Chronicles, 1997 Screenplay by Ray Bradbury

Color Illustrations by Edward Miller

The Third Expedition
-- And the Moon be Still as Bright
The Locusts
The Off Season
There Will Come Soft Rains

[BREAKING NEWS: The Los Angeles Times reports that American film producer John Davis, the man behind such science-fiction films as Predator (1987) and I, Robot (2004), has optioned the film rights to The Martian Chronicles!]

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