“Dead of Summer” (2009) is a beautiful, five-sentence vignette. The setting is the Martian month of August and Bradbury sketches a simple but vivid picture of the dead of summer on the Red Planet. Here’s the opening:
IT WAS the time of the burning in the air and the ground, the glassy yellow burning of the wheat fields and the corn meadows and the white burning of the houses and the red burning of the barns. It was the time of the sun…“Dead of Summer” is the fifth of the "Other Martian Tales" but there is no indication as to when it was originally written.