Ray Bradbury

Born on August 22, 1920, Ray Douglas Bradbury was an author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, poet, visionary and one of America's greatest creative geniuses. At age 11, Bradbury began writing his own stories on butcher paper. In 1934, Bradbury's family moved to Los Angeles where he earned his first pay as a writer contributing jokes to George Burn's Burns and Allen Show. As he moved through high school he became more serious with his writing and joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League. After graduating, Bradbury published 4 issues of his own magazine, Futuria Fantasia, writing much of the content himself. He also got the chance to meet one of his literary heroes, Robert A. Heinlein. Bradbury says of the meeting "He was well known, and he wrote humanistic science fiction, which influenced me to dare to be human instead of mechanical."

Bradbury's reputation as a major science fiction author was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950. While often being described as a science fiction author, Bradbury resisted the label saying, "First of all, I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. It was named so to represent the temperature at which paper ignites. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So The Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, its fantasy. It couldn't happen, you see? That's the reason it's going to be around a long timebecause it's a Greek myth, and myths have staying power."

With a career spanning more than 6 decades, Bradbury remains one of the leading influences in American fiction. Upon his death, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, the White House said "His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world. But Ray also understood that our imaginations could be used as a tool for better understanding, a vehicle for change, and an expression of our most cherished values."

The Golden Apples of the Sun

"Strange, haunting, bizarre, grotesque, rooted in reality, soaring with imagination, alive with people who never were and creations that one day will be creatures and stories to set you shivering, grasping with terror, gaping with wonder The Golden Apples of the Sun. Twenty-two weird stories of wonderfully improbably people, places and things nightmare novelties, imaginative sprees that in turn terrorize or tantalize the mind "Bradbury at his startling best!" The New York Times"

Original Publication: Doubleday, March 1953
This Edition: Bantam, March 1967
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow

"Strange, haunting, bizarre, grotesque, stories to set you shivering, gaping with wonder Each in the remarkable Bradbury tradition a vivid and unforgettable adventure into the unknown written by one of the master storytellers of our time. *Roald Dahl * Christopher Isherwood * John Steinbeck * Shirley Jackson * John Cheever * E.B. White * Hortense Calisher * Franz Kafka * Ludwig Bemelmans * Ray Bradbury * Walter Van Tilburg Clark * and 15 others"

Original Publication: Bantam, September 1952
This Edition: Bantam, March 1967
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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The Machineries of Joy

"In this book you will meet..A Hollywood monster-maker whose Tyrannosaurus Rex suddenly becomes alarmingly lifelike. A boy who raises giant mushrooms in his cellar - until the mushrooms begin to raise him. A corpse who supports his wife and family. A circus fat lady whose midget husband has tattooed every inch of her mammoth body with fantastically intricate designs. Plus seventeen other amazing tales by the author of The Illustrated Man."

Original Publication: Simon & Schuster, February 1962
This Edition: Bantam, 1976
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Machineries of Joy, The One Who Waits, Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Vacation, The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!, Almost the End of the World, Perhaps We Are Going Away, And the Sailor, Home from the Sea, El Dia de Muerte, The Illustrated Woman, Some Live Like Lazarus, A Miracle of Rare Device, And So Died Riabouchinska, The Begger on O'Connell Bridge, Death and the Maiden, A Flight of Ravens, The Best of All Possible Worlds, The Lifework of Juan Diaz, To the Chicago Abyss and The Anthem Sprinters

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S is for Space

"S is for science fiction, spine-tingling, supernatural and sublime! S is for stories from "Star Wilderness that stretched as far as eye and mind could see and imagine." Creatures who walk from the grave, children who sabotage the earth, Martians and mushrooms, space ships and super-beings - a spellbinding collection of favorites selected from his own works by the world's greatest living science-fiction writer!"

Original Publication: Doubleday, August 1966
This Edition: Bantam, April, 1976
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Chrysalis, Pillar of Fire, Zero Hour, The Man, Time in Thy Flight, The Pedestrian, Hail and Farewell, Invisible Boy, Come Into My Cellar, The Million-Year Picnic, The Screaming Woman, The Smile, Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed, The Trolley, The Flying Machine and Icarus Montgolfier Wright

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I Sing the Body Electric

Original Publication: Alfred A. Knopf, October 1969
This Edition: Bantam, January 1971
Cover Art: Gene Szafran
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Kilimanjaro Device, The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place, Tomorrow's Child, The Woman, The Inspired Chicken Motel, Downwind from Gettysburg, Yes, We'll Gather at the River, The Cold Wind and the Warm, Night Call, Collect, The Haunting of the New, I Sing the Body Electric!, The Tombling Day, Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine, Heavy-Set, The Man in the Rorschach Shirt, Henry the Ninth, The Lost City of Mars and Christus Apollo by Ray Bradbury

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Long After Midnight

Original Publication: Alfred A. Knopf, September 1976
This Edition: Bantam, April 1978
Cover Art: Ian Miller
Format: Paperback

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Contents: The Blue Bottle, One Timeless Spring, The Parrot Who Met Papa, The Burning Man, A Piece of Wood, The Messiah, G.B.S. - Mark V, The Utterly Perfect Murder, Pubishment Without Crime, Getting Through Sunday Somehow, Drink Entire: Against the Madness of Crowds, Interval in Sunlight, A Story of Love, The Wish, Forever and the Earth, The Better Part of Wisdom, Darling Adolf, The Miracles of Jamie, The October Game, The Pumpernickel, Long After Midnight and Have I Got a Chocolate Bar for You!

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The Illustrated Man

"At the furthest limits of the imagination, in worlds upon worlds of time and space, and on the green hills of future Earth, these are tales to set you shivering, gasping, gaping with terror and wonder "Nineteen incomparable stories that blend weird fantasy and chilling truth in the magic manner of a master."

Original Publication: Doubleday, February 1951
This Edition: Bantam, August 1979
Cover Art: Dean Ellis
Format: Paperback

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R is for Rocket

"He can make you see things that have never been seen by human eyes.feel things that no flesh-and-blood creature has ever felt. He can create visions so compelling that they seem literally to dace before your eyes. He can push you back to the beginnings of time and then suddenly, without warning, thrust you forward to the outmost limits of the future. He can make you so much a part of his strange worlds that you literally scream to get out...Seventeen breathtaking stories - including the space-age classic, "Frost and Fire" - by the author of Dandelion Wine...The Martian Chronicles, The Golden Apples of the Sun and The Illustrated Man."

Original Publication: Doubleday, October 1962
This Edition: Bantam, June 1981
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Contents: R is for Rocket, The End of the Beginning, The Fog Horn, The Rocket, The Rocket Man, The Golden Apples of the Sun, A Sound of Thunder, The Long Rain, The Exiles, Here There Be Tygers, The Strawberry Window, The Dragon, The Gift, Frost and Fire, Uncle Einar, The Time Machine and The Sound of Summer Running

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The Martian Chronicles

"A consummate story teller, Ray Bradbury is America's preeminent master of the fantastic. Poignant and satiric, eerie and poetic, The Martian Chronicles is Bradbury's masterwork, a modern classic that has enhanced millions of readers worldwide. Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to Mars and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars, and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, seeped into his bones and changed man forever."

Original Publication: Doubleday, May 1950
This Edition: Bantam, July 1984
Cover Art: Ian Miller
Format: Hardback

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The Toynbee Convector

"In his first collection since The Stories of Ray Bradbury was published in 1980, consolidating his immense reputation, he displays anew the unclassifiable magic of his storytelling. Most of these twenty-three tales begin in the familiar rooms and landscapes of our lives, in our common thoughts and memories - and then take off through the farthest reaches of the imagination. Bradbury holds us enthralled as each story unfolds...in the title story, the world's only time-traveler - renowned for his famous journey into the future - finally decides, 100 years after the event, to reveal his secret...in "Lafayette, Farewell," an old man's haunting memory of World War I seems to conjure up a shower of ghostly parachutes...a man returns to his boyhood home in "The Thing at the Top of the Stairs," and learns the chilling reason for his childhood fear of the dark...in "On the Orient, North," a ghost is given new life by a particularly perceptive trained nurse...in "I Suppose You Are Wondering Why We Are Here?" a man learns from his parents (twenty years dead) the inescapable truth about himself...in "The Love Affair," a last lonely Martian is prepared to face his doom in return for the sound of music and the hope of companionship...in "Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Egyptian Mummy," two residents of Green Town discover how to ward off boredom forever. In story after story we are astonished and charmed as the fantastic and the unexpected are revealed in hidden facets of the real. The Toynbee Convector is quintessential Bradbury."

Original Publication: Alfred A. Knopf, June 1988
This Edition: Alfred A. Knopf, June 1988
Cover Art: Wendell Minor
Format: Hardback

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Contents: The Toynbee Convector, Trapdoor, On the Orient, North, One Night in Your Life, West of October, The Last Circus, The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair, I Suppose You Are Wondering Why We Are Here?, Lafayette, Farewell, Banshee, Promises, Promises, The Love Affair, One for His Lordship, and One for the Road!, At Midnight, in the Month of June, Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned, By the Numbers!, A Touch of Petulance, Long Division, Come, and Bring Constance!, Junior, The Tombstone, The Thing at the Top of the Stairs and Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-Made Truly Eqyptian Mummy all by Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451

"The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He has been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past where people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think...and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do."

Original Publication: Ballantine, October 1953
This Edition: Del Rey, October 1989
Cover Art: Donna Diamond
Format: Paperback

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Driving Blind

Original Publication: Avon, October 1997
This Edition: Avon, October 1997
Cover Art: Bernie Fuchs
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Night Train to Babylon, If MGM Is Killed, Who Gets the Lion?, Hello, I Must Be Going, House Divided, Grand Theft, Remember Me?, Fee Fie Foe Fum, Driving Blind, I Wonder What's Become of Sally, Nothing Changes, The Old Dog Lying in the Dust, Someone in the Rain, Madame Et Monsieur Shill, The Mirror, End of Summer, Thunder in the Morning, The Highest Branch on the Tree, A Woman is a Fast-Moving Picnic, Virgin Resusitas, Mr. Pale, That Bird That Comes Out of the Clock and A Brief Afterword

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