The Martian Chronicles

The Martian ChroniclesOverviewThemesContextThe Conquest of MarsThemesA future history told in sequential vignettes, The Martian Chronicles details humanity’s quest to conquer another planet while destroying its own. The novel is Bradbury’s stark warning against the dangers of conformity and complacency, as well as a metaphor for the rise and fall of civilizations.1. Humans set out to explore Mars.2. Martians use their telepathic powers to dispose of the first three human expeditions.3. The fourth expedition arrives to find the Martians wiped out by chicken pox.4. Settlers arrive and build towns just like back on Earth.