Comments for The Real Martian Chronicles
John Sladek died in 2000. "The Real Martian Chronicles" was apparently found in his papers and was previous unpublished. Although I've been reading humorous science fiction for most of my life, I've never run into Sladek's work before. Now that I have, I hope to track down his other books and stories.
"The Real Martian Chronicles" is one of the funniest stories I've ever read The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It's written in diary form and is about a British family moving to a Martian colony and trying to make a normal life for themselves.
While there's big stuff going on behind the scenes, the protagonist is worrying about mundane things like having enough custard. His always upbeat tone of voice no matter what he's describing is a big part of what makes this story work. It reminds me quite favorably of Martian Time Slip by Philip K. Dick except that it's shorter and sillier.
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