'Martian Chronicles' inspire McCain to put a man on Mars
During a town hall campaign event in Lake Buena Vista, FL, John McCain said that Ray Bradbury's classic science-fiction story series The Martian Chronicles inspired him to consider a manned mission to Mars.
After warning that Russia and China are encroaching on America's waning dominance of "space business," McCain mentioned Bradbury.
"As a very young boy, I was intrigued by and read Ray Bradbury, and my favorite ... is The Martian Chronicles," said McCain. "I am intrigued by a man on Mars and I think it would excite the imagination of the American people."
Bradbury's series depicted human refugees from Earth colonizing the Red Planet and the ensuing strife in dealing with its native inhabitants.
This video is from CNN.com, broadcast June 5, 2008.