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Ray Bradbury - Author

About the Author

Born in Waikegan, Illinois on 2nd August 1920, Ray Bradbury is one of the world's best known Science Fiction authors. The range of his work is enormous – he has published some 500 stories, plays, poems and novels since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was 20 years old.

World-wide sales of his books are numbered in millions and his best known novels include THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1951), FARENHEIT 451 (1953), DANDELION WINE (1957) and THE MACHINERIES OF JOY (1964).

Ray Bradbury has written for motion pictures since 1952 when his THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS was filmed by Warner Brothers. The following year he screen-played IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE for Universal. In 1953 he lived for a year in Ireland writing the script for MOBY DICK for John Huston. In 1966, a film was made of his book FARENHEIT 451 by Francois Truffaut and starred Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. THE ILLUSTRATED MAN was filmed in 1986 by John Smight. Films have also been made of PICASSO SUMMER and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

In 1978 the BBC1 Arts Programme Omnibus ran a fifty minute profile on the diverse talents of Ray Bradbury, talents that he has used to their full as Idea Consultant for the United States Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1963 and the designer of one of the rides for Disney World. He has also undertaken consultancy work on city engineering and rapid transport.

An adaptation of Bradbury's work THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, one of his finest stories of man's attempts to colonise Mars was made into a 3-part 'mini series' starring Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowall and Gayle Hunnicutt. The series was shown on BBC1 in three weekly episodes in August 1980.

During the eighties he has been creative consultant for the architectural firm The Jon Jerde Partnership which blueprinted the Glendale Galeria, The Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, and the Horton Plaza in San Diego. Since 1985 he has adapted forty-two of his short stories for his own half-hour show on USA Cable Television.

 

Ray Bradbury died in June 2012.

Featured books by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/1993

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books. The classic novel of a post-literate future, 'Fahrenheit 451' stands alongside Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New World' as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

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Other books by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury 3-Book Collection: Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury 3-Book Collection: Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2015

A collection of three of Ray Bradbury's finest science fiction novels: FAHRENHEIT 451, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES and THE ILLUSTRATED MAN.Contains:FAHRENHEIT 451The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.THE MARTIAN CHRONICLESThe strange and wonderful tale of man's experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions.THE ILLUSTRATED MANA classic collection of stories - all told on the skin of a man.

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview And Other Conversations

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview And Other Conversations

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2014

When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

Ray Bradbury's first ever poetry collection, available in ebook for the first time.Carried into strange and enticing realms by his fantastic stories, the multitudes of his admirers have never doubted that the author of Dandelion Wine, The Martian Chronicles, and other uniquely imaginative works of short and long fiction is a poet. But, even so, the intensity of feeling, the imaginative range, the variety of subject and style in this, Ray Bradbury's first collection of poems, amaze.In 'Remembrance', the poet experiences a piercing gratitude when he roots out of a squirrel's hole a long-forgotten message addressed, when he was twelve, to his later self. In 'Old Mars, Then Be a Hearth to Us,' the master of science fiction carries us closer to that glowing planet. In 'Emily Dickinson, Where Are You? Herman Melville Called Your Name Last Night in His Sleep!' the literary fantasist delights us with his romantic imagination. Lose yourself in the delights of science fiction's master storyteller.

Where Robot Mice And Robot Men Run Round In Robot Towns

Where Robot Mice And Robot Men Run Round In Robot Towns

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic poetry collections, available in ebook for the first time.Ray Bradbury writes of childhood, Melville, and God as well as space launchings and other-world things in this second collection of his poems.

Quicker than the Eye

Quicker than the Eye

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.The internationally acclaimed author of The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury is a magician at the height of his powers, displaying his sorcerer's skill with twenty-one remarkable stories that run the gamut from total reality to light fantastic, from high noon to long after midnight. A true master tells all, revealing the strange secret of growing young and mad; opening a Witch Door that links two intolerant centuries; joining an ancient couple in their wild assassination games; celebrating life and dreams in the unique voice that has favoured him across six decades and has enchanted millions of readers the world over.

Driving Blind

Driving Blind

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.Over the course of a long and celebrated career, Ray Bradbury has traveled many roads: cruising down country highways that wound through the unseen heart of small-town America; exploring rutted backwoods paths that led to dark and dangerous places; racing at mach-speed along shimmering celestial turnpikes as limitless and exciting as the unbound imagination.DRIVING BLIND is a stunning collection of short fiction. With a steady hand on the wheel, the master once again transports us to remarkable places - and to warm and achingly familiar destinations of the heart, revealed as we've never seen them before in the brilliance of day or gloom of night. Here are unforgettable excursions to the fantastic, glorious grand tours through time and memory - interspersed with strange, unexpected side trips to the disturbing and eerie - where surprises are waiting around every curve and just beyond each mile marker.These are new roads we have never ridden before - sprawling interstates and lush, twisting rural routes fraught with dangers and delights of all manner, shape and substance. With Ray Bradbury in the driver's seat, the journey promises to be a memorable one. Come along and enjoy the ride.

Green Shadows, White Whales

Green Shadows, White Whales

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic novels, available as an ebook for the first time.In 1953, the brilliant but terrifying titan of cinema John Huston summons the young writer Ray Bradbury to Ireland. The apprehensive scribe's quest is to capture on paper the fiercest of all literary beasts - Moby Dick - in the form of a workable screenplay so the great director can begin filming.But from the moment he sets foot on Irish soil, the author embarks on an unexpected odyssey. Meet congenial IRA terrorists, tippling men of the cloth impish playwrights, and the boyos at Heeber Finn's pub. In a land where myth is reality, poetry is plentiful, and life's misfortunes are always cause for celebration, Green Shadows, White Whale is the grandest tour of Ireland you'll ever experience - with the irrepressible Ray Bradbury as your enthusiastic guide.

Graveyard for Lunatics

Graveyard for Lunatics

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic novels, available in ebook for the first time.Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery - and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

Let's All Kill Constance

Let's All Kill Constance

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic novels, available in ebook for the first time.On a dismal evening in the previous century, an unnamed writer in Venice, California, answers a furious pounding at his beachfront bungalow door and again admits Constance Rattigan into his life. An aging, once-glamorous Hollywood star, Constance is running in fear from something she dares not acknowledge - and vanishes as suddenly as she appeared, leaving the narrator two macabre books: twin listings of the Tinseltown dead and soon to be dead, with Constance's name included among them.And so begins an odyssey as dark as it is wondrous, as the writer sets off in a broken-down jalopy with his irascible sidekick Crumley to sift through the ashes of a bygone Hollywood - a graveyard of ghosts and secrets where each twisted road leads to grim shrines and shattered dreams ... and, all too often, to death.

Toynbee Convector

Toynbee Convector

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.THE TOYNBEE CONVECTOR is a brilliant short story collection from one of the genre's master storytellers. Several of the stories are original to this collection. Others originally appeared in the magazines Playboy, Omni, Gallery, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Woman's Day, and Weird Tales.Bradbury displays the unclassifiable versatility of his imagination in this collection of twenty stories.

Day it Rained Forever

Day it Rained Forever

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.In a ghost town hotel in a burning desert three old men await the January rains - and are visited by a strange musician. A family of colonists on Mars are homesick for Earth. Terrified, they begin to notice that each is undergoing a subtle transformation. A man seeks the forgotten scent of sarsaparilla in his attic - and passes through a window into the lost land of his boyhood. The Day It Rained Forever includes many of Ray Bradbury's most celebrated stories.

Machineries of Joy

Machineries of Joy

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.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 Ray Bradbury, master of fantastic fiction, author of the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.

Summer Morning, Summer Night

Summer Morning, Summer Night

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.SUMMER MORNING, SUMMER NIGHT is a collection of short stories and vignettes based in Green Town, Illinois, the fictionalised version of Ray Bradbury's native Waukegan, which also served as the setting for his modern classics DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER.Among them are stories about a pair of elderly sisters who concoct a love potion with unexpected consequence; the careful affection between a teacher and her young student; the fireflies in the night who spark a conversation about life between a young boy and his grandfather. This is a beautifully woven tapestry of stories that illuminates some of Green Town's hidden corners, and reaffirms Bradbury's position as an undisputed master of fiction.One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Bradbury is also the author of the iconic FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. He published some five hundred short stories, novels and plays over his lifetime.

Haunted Computer and the Android Pope

Haunted Computer and the Android Pope

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic poetry collections, available in ebook for the first time.A poetry collection from a master of fantasy celebrates the familiar and unusual in verses dealing with subjects from Ty Cobb to dinosaurs and strawberry shortcake to the Vatican.It includes many of Bradbury's best verses, including "e;They Have Not Seen the Stars,"e; "e;This Attic Where the Meadow Greens,"e; "e;There Are No Ghosts in Catholic Spain,"e; "e;Farewell Summer,"e; "e;Once the Years Were Numerous and the Funerals Few,"e; "e;Doing Is Being, "e;We Are The Reliquaries of Lost Time,"e; and others.

I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 09/01/2014

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.Science fiction, fantasy, small town life, and small town people are the materials from which Ray Bradbury weaves his unique and magical stories of the natural and supernatural, the past, the present , and the future.This book contains eighteen short stories from one of the genre's master storytellers.