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The Martian Chronicles Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

The Martian Chronicles is a hybrid sort of book. It is science fiction as well as social commentary. It also has a unique structure of stitched together, related stories. Bradbury's The Illustrated Man has the same sort of composite structure in which each tattoo on the illustrated man tells a different but related story.

As a science fiction book about men on Mars, it might match well with Ben Bova's Mars and Return to Mars, as well as Robert Heinlein's The Rolling Stones and Red Planet. Stories about men stranded on Mars and their state of mind are found in Theodore Sturgeon's classic story "The Man Who Lost the Sea," about an astronaut dying on the Red Planet. The book's anti-war...

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