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The Martian Chronicles, the first edition in dust jacket, signed by the author
Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York 1950 - This is a signed and jacketed first edition of Bradbury’s first major work and science fiction classic, The Martian Chronicles, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket. The author’s signature in bold blue ink appears on the front free endpaper. First edition is so stated on the copyright page. The first issue dust jacket is confirmed by an intact "$2.50" price on the upper front flap. The first edition’s pale green cloth binding proved notoriously prone to spine toning. This binding is square and tight with sharp corners and only trivial wear confined to spine ends, but nonetheless modestly toned to the spine and the perimeter of the boards. The contents are clean with no spotting and no previous ownership marks apart from the author’s signature. We note some age-toning to the otherwise clean fore and bottom edges and light soiling to the top edge. The dust jacket is complete with good color apart from a modestly toned spine, corresponding to the volume beneath. We note light wear to spine ends, a diagonal crease to the lower spine, and very light soiling to the rear face. The jacket is protected with a removable, archival quality clear cover. The Martian Chronicles was Bradbury’s first major work, a collection of short stories, some of which had been published in magazines in the preceding few years. Far more than just a science fiction yarn, Bradbury paints a compelling vision of a Mars that was, supplanted by a Mars that humans colonized and squandered, and thereafter the intimation of a Mars that might be, all of this a backdrop for the destructive energies and perennial seeds of hope endemic to humanity. Since 1950, the learned realities of a far more sterile Mars than Bradbury imagined for us have not diminished Bradbury’s tale. A quarter of a century after it was published, Martin Gardner wrote: "Critics have said it is Bradbury’s best book because there is more science in it than in his other books. I believe the opposite to be true That is not a weakness That is why, long after Mars has become a hearth to us, The Martian Chronicles will keep on stirring imaginations, arousing laughter and tears, and haunting the minds of those who have not forgotten how to read." More than half a century after The Martian Chronicles was published, in 2008, NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander carried a DVD containing The Martian Chronicles to the Martian surface. Raymond Douglas Bradbury (1920-2012) was a versatile and prolific American author best known for his science fiction. Bradbury devoted several hours a day to writing throughout his life and produced nearly 30 books, 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, screenplays, and plays. Bradbury decided to become a writer in his early teens. After the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles in 1934, Bradbury's first remuneration for writing came from a joke he wrote for George Burns’ Burns and Allen Show. His first story was published in 1938, the year he graduated from high school. The following year he published four issues of his own magazine, writing all of the content, sometimes under pseudonyms to hide the fact that it was a one-man operation. Rejected for military service in WWII because of his poor eyesight, Bradbury became a full-time writer in 1943. He continued to write well into his 80’s, earning a host of accolades from both fans and fellow writers. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him their 10th Grand Master in 1989. An asteroid is named after him, and a crater on the Moon is named after his novel Dandelion Wine. In 2007, Bradbury received a special citation from the Pulitzer board for his "distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy." In his obituary, The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream." [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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