- Year Published: 1950.
- Pages: 222.
The Martian Chronicles Summary of Chapters
To begin with, there is a brief introduction where only a few activities take place. The temperatures hit the cold season of winter and a rocket from Ohio is blasted off into the atmosphere.
The story then kicks off as Yll and Ylla are seen to be a Martian (from Mars) couple who are not in good terms with their marriage, in contrast to their initial happy relationship. Ylla dreams that a mysterious Earth man, Nathaniel York will one day come to Mars and make her fall irresistibly in love with him. Unfortunately, Yll heads for the Earth men as soon as Ylla reveals that the Earth men were soon to arrive.
The Martians are seen to behave in a bizarre nature. They suddenly sing songs and poems from Earth that were specifically from the 1940 America.
At last! Captain Jonathan Williams makes a successful trip to Mars and the Martians finally meet them but unsurprised by their arrival. The Martians were telepathic and so their hallucinations were, therefore, visible to others.They come across a psychologist named Mr. Xxx who thinks Captain William was crazy and that his crew was his hallucinations. He eventually shoots all of them and even shoots himself out of the assumption that he was also crazy after realizing the dead bodies and the rocket were still visible.
A captain named John Black arrives on Mars with 16 other men but they find Midwestern towns just like on Earth. Out of suspicion, Black investigates and they bump into their dead relatives which only makes it very strange. The captain gets distracted when he meets his deceased brother and parents but it was only a trap. They end up dead and the Martians plan to bury them.
The fourth voyage then arrives on Mars and since karma has a way of working its magic, they find that the Martians are dead from smallpox. One of the men on the voyage named Biggs ends up colliding with another called Spender as Biggs decides to make a fun out of mocking and destroying Martian property but Spender kills him. Captain Wilder sides with Spender but ends up executing him as a consequence of Biggs death.
A disturbed character known as Benjamin Driscoll is introduced in the chapter. His discomfort mainly comes from the thin air on Mars and in time he opts to grow trees but they fail to grow. Over one night, it rains and the trees burst forth into maturity.
Just like an anticipated alien invasion, humans travel in large numbers to occupy Earth. As soon as they arrive, they get to work and they build houses and buildings which were just a carbon copy of the ones left on Earth.
A man named Tomas Gomez expresses his excitement on one night. He comes across an old man who mentions to him about how the time on Mars was outrageous. He confirms this when he changes on a Martian, Muhe Ca that exists in another timeline. Tomas and the Martian share about their different times and it seems like a kind of love story.
In comparison to the past times in America, the first men on Mars were like the first American settlers who tamed the Indians and the first women would end up being prostitutes. This was like a rewind back to the American West and the second upsurge of people would be those looking to relocate into more developed space.
As the settlers begin to develop their lives, they build a town that resembles one on Earth by the name Iowa. Artists and churches take the advantage and establish themselves.
Just as Spender had predicted, they were now renaming Mars and it was no longer like it was before. Stendahl and Mr. Garnett end up arguing based on the fact that Stendahl had built his house in disagreement with the law as it was on Earth. Stendahl ends up killing every important book burner and the Garnett he had killed was not the real one.
It turns out after Mars has finally developed enough to accommodate a reasonable population, it turns out to be humdrum. You would basically see no difference with Florida only without the storms. Out of the boredom, a married old couple referred to as the LaFarges meet a telepathic Martian boy named Tom, who was just like their dead son. Sooner or later, he dies because people all over kept stealing him as he took several forms of other people’s dead.
As danger looms over Earth, Father Peregrine is warned about a nuclear war that is soon to begin on their home planet. Even as Sam Parkhill starts his hot dog selling the business, he is confronted by Martians and they promised to grant him half of Mars. Unfortunately, Earth’s nuclear war begun that same night which left Sam with no optimism for his business.
After everybody boards, every rocket heading back to Mars, the last man left on the planet was Walter Gripp who was an isolated miner during the whole commotion. There is good news for him as he is also left behind with a woman named Genevieve Selsor and they plan to marry each other but Gripp takes off and leaves her. In any case, what a happy ending they had due to their differences.
Approaching the end of the tale, Timothy tricks his family that they are going to Mars on holiday. Instead, he does not tell them that they will never go back to Earth because of the Nuclear War that was now going on there. Another family was also bound to join them and Timothy, later on, signified to his family that now they were the Martians.