Carnival of Madness

“Carnival of Madness”

181.7 2249 A.D.] The Thrilling Wonder Stories first printing’s leader line gives a seemingly erroneous date: “Rebellion flares when fantasy is banned in 2229!” This is a reference to the year when literature was banned, twenty years before the original date of the story, and is actually correct. For The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury recalibrated the date of the tale to fit in with the book’s chronology of colonization: April 2005.

182.21 A puzzling job.] In re-casting the story as a Martian chronicle, Bradbury replaced this sentence with the following new context: “Thank the Lord you had your own private rockets or we’d never have been allowed to bring most of the equipment through.”

182.23–24 Not…left!] In revision for The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury changed the sentence to read: “Not a snake, a frog, or Martian fly left!”

182.32–34 Somewhere…land.] For the Chronicles, Bradbury revised the passage to fit the new planetary setting and date: “Somewhere it was the month of April on the planet Mars, a yellow month with a blue sky. Somewhere above, the rockets burned down to civilize a beautifully dead planet.”

183.10 That’s four centuries back.] This sentence disappears from all Chronicles texts to match the new date; to compensate, the Great Fire in the next sentence receives its own date anchor in the new time sequence: “That’s thirty years ago—1975.”

183.16 Centuries ago] The reset dates for the Chronicles led to this revision: “In 1950 and ’60…”

183.17 controlling books and, of course, films,] For The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury revised to show a more insidious movement toward censorship, beginning with niche-market readers: “They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films,…” The inclusion of cartoon books obliquely anticipates Dr. Wertham’s crusade against the comic book industry, which began just a few years later.

184.26–28 “I’m going to show…Mr. Poe.] Bradbury harshly extended Stendahl’s soliloquy for the Chronicles: “I came to Mars to get away from you Clean-Minded people, but you’re flocking in thicker every day, like flies to offal. So I’m going to show you. I’m going to teach you a fine lesson for what you did to Mr. Poe on Earth.”

185.1 The irritated man] In revision for the Chronicles, Bradbury added a new exchange of dialog between Stendahl and Garrett before Garrett shows his identification card; the new passage establishes the arrival, a week earlier, of the “Moral Climate people” on Mars.

190.8–9 good clean citizens, every one! And what is more, friends!] At this point in the text, Bradbury’s longest revision for the Chronicles version adds significantly to his original description of the repressive elite:
…good clean citizens, every one, who had waited until the rough men had come up and buried the Martians and cleansed the cities and built the towns and repaired the highways and made everything safe. And, then, with everything well on its way to Safety, the Spoil-Funs, the people with mercurochrome for blood and iodine-colored eyes, came now to set up their Moral Climates and dole out goodness to everyone. And they were his friends!”