Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is that rare bird -- not just a classic of science fiction, but of 20th Century literature, one with enduring appeal in both fields.

In MARS ABIDES, Dave explains that both the SF fan and the literati can join in praise of Ray Douglas Bradbury, a superb craftsman and storyteller whose lyricism and evocative prose bring to life a Mars that never was, except in his imagination -- and our dreams.

I remember reading Bradbury’s Martian tales, myself a child like the one Bradbury had been, thinking,  We belong up there.  That red light is a place, and it’s calling to us.

-- From the introduction by Mary Turzillo