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The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

Bradbury's imagination draws on midwestern American culture, iconography and mythology to imagine a future history of human interaction with Mars. A profound cold-war pessimism informs his vision.

Bradbury offers a wide ranging, if somewhat simplistic critique of patriarchy, racism, greed and materialism. His style is rooted in the culture he decries and at times becomes sickening.