Why did I love this book?
Readers sometimes forget how dark much of Ray Bradbury’s work was, whether it’s the pyromaniac firemen of Fahrenheit 451’s blistering dystopia or the historical resonances of The Martian Chronicles. In these linked stories, Bradbury sets out a future Mars in which, much as happened in the Old West, a native civilization is first displaced and then eradicated by human settlers. Before long, Mars is strewn with garbage, with only the ghosts of the former inhabitants to remind the unheeding settlers of what they’ve lost. It turns out, as Bradbury explains, that while we can leave Earth behind, we can never unburden ourselves of the worst aspects of our own humanity.