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.

Other 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.

Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/07/2018

In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. The first thing a writer should be is - excited Author of the iconic FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, Ray Bradbury is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Part memoir, part masterclass, ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a vivid and exuberant insight into the craft of writing. Bradbury reveals how writers can each find their own unique path to developing their voice and style. ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a celebration of the act of writing that will delight, impassion, and inspire.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

Voyager Classics - timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy. A beautiful clothbound edition of the internationally acclaimed Fahrenheit 451 - a masterwork of twentieth-century literature. The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future. 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 dystopian 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, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. `Another indispensable classic' The Times `'Ray Bradbury's gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world' Barack Obama 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 dystopian 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, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Abandoned Places

Abandoned Places

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2018

Twenty-one writers embark on a tour of the lonely, the rejected and the uninhabited. Featuring stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror by rising new authors and classic tales by Ray Bradbury, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.

Master Race And Other Stories

Master Race And Other Stories

Author: Ray Bradbury, Al Feldstein Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2018

Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers

Chapbook for Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2017

"e;For Bradbury enthusiasts, religionists and nearly everyone else, here's a delightful scrapbook of poems and essays, familiar summations but no less vital from a brilliant young fantasist grown older but not old."e;-Publishers WeeklyOne of the most celebrated 20th century authors, known for his speculative fiction, Bradbury has crossed genres with a grace possessed only by masters of the craft. In this incredibly unique collection of poetry, short stories, and essays, Bradbury surprises readers once again with work that tackles mortality, religion, and the afterlife. Thought-provoking, full of wonder, and with a touch of Bradbury's signature sense of humor, this collection bridges science fiction and the arts to religion and taps into the core of intellectual pursuit.Included are the soulful and over the top "e;They Have Not Seen The Stars"e;, "e;I Live By The Invisible"e;, "e;Christ on Other Planets"e;, "e;If Only We Had Taller Been"e;, "e;Come Whisper Me A Promise"e;, and so much more.Bradbury's incredibly sharp wit makes this a must-have for fans old and new.

Forgotten Sci-Fi Classics

Forgotten Sci-Fi Classics

Author: Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Jr. Kurt Vonnegut, Alan Arkin Format: eBook Release Date: 03/08/2017

MDP Publishing has once again compiled a collection of 6 stories from some of history's most prolific Science Fiction icons. These stories were originally published by Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine in the 1950's. Stories include the 3 part full length novel The Fireman, by Ray Bradbury, the original story that his famous Farenheit 451 was based upon! Other stories include Arthur C. Clarke's The Stroke of the Sun, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s The Big Trip Up Yonder, and two short stories by Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin.With all of the originally artwork from each issue of Galaxy, you can experience these stories the same way science fiction fans from the 1950's did! Look for more editions of MDP'sGalaxy's Science Fiction series, available now at e-retailers worldwide.

Martian Chronicles

Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury, Lin Hanchang Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2017

The Martian Chronicles is a hardback commemorative edition of The Martian Chronicles, the classic representative work written by Ray Bradbury, a contemporary science fiction master.A poetic science fiction consists of a series of relatively independent but interrelated short stories.The earth was on the verge of destruction. Mankind had come to the red planet and discovered the unusual Martians.While seeking new beginnings, human beings still retain the most primitive fears and desires.He began to conquer Mars, but at that time, Mars conquered him.This book, based on Mars, represents the past and future of human existence on earth, which is full of warning significance.In the form of record event after another, it speaks of human hopes and ideals; beautiful dreams and cruelty realities are intertwined together, detached from the horizon that type science fiction can show.

Little Journey

Little Journey

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Equal parts charming and thought-provoking, this short story from American master of science fiction Ray Bradbury follows the misadventures of a group of elderly women who have poured their life savings into a final trip to an outer-space paradise, only to find out that the promised journey doesn't pan out quite the way they expected it to.

Little Journey

Little Journey

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Equal parts charming and thought-provoking, this short story from American master of science fiction Ray Bradbury follows the misadventures of a group of elderly women who have poured their life savings into a final trip to an outer-space paradise, only to find out that the promised journey doesn't pan out quite the way they expected it to.

Martian Chronicles

Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2016

Runtime: 70 minutesDerek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in The Martian Chronicles, a thrilling new dramatisation, reimagining Ray Bradbury's timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation.When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth.

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 31/12/2015

Derek Jacobi and Hayley Atwell lead an all-star cast in The Martian Chronicles, a thrilling new dramatisation, reimagining Ray Bradbury's timeless fable of doomed Martian colonisation. When the first expedition to Mars mysteriously disappears, Earth sends a second to find out what happened. But the real mission is classified. And only Captain Wilder knows the truth...Spender, an anthropologist on Wilder's crew, attempts to prevent the colonisation that she believes will eradicate the last of an ancient people living on Mars. But to what lengths will she go? As the honourable but duty-bound Captain Wilder tracks the now rogue Spender into the Martian mountains, the future of this ancient planet is at stake. Meanwhile, Earth itself teeters on the brink of its own global catastrophe as the very survival of humanity hangs in the balance. Also includes a special behind-the-scenes mini-documentary with interviews from the stars, plus six special teasers examining the Martian culture! This new audio version of the Ray Bradbury Sci-Fi classic recently won the Silver Award for Best Drama Special at the 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.Derek Jacobi is one of the legends of British TV and film, best known for starring in I, Claudius (1976), the first Master when Doctor Who returned in 2005, and is busy on screens at present in Vicious and Last Tango in Halifax. Hayley Atwell is best known now as Peggy Carter, in US action series Agent Carter, but there have been notable earlier roles in Black Mirror, The Prisoner and The Sweeney. CAST: Derek Jacobi (Captain Wilder), Hayley Atwell (Spender), Anna Madeley (The Lawyer), Mark Lewis Jones (Hathaway), John Altman (Parkhill), Zoe Tapper (Evie), Jonathan Rhodes (Biggs), Dean Harris (Thompson), Ryan Sewell (Young Wilder), Rachael Naylor (Pluto Survey Officer), Jacob James (Soldier), Robert Lock (Prison Officer), Melissa Aston-Munslow (Miss Edwards), Owen Sewell (Robert), Polehampton Junior School (Mayflower Rocket Kids).

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2015

It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled . . . And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival's smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes . . .

Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 21/05/2015

In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing.The first thing a writer should be is - excitedAuthor of the iconic FAHRENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, Ray Bradbury is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.Part memoir, part masterclass, ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a vivid and exuberant insight into the craft of writing. Bradbury reveals how writers can each find their own unique path to developing their voice and style.ZEN IN THE ART OF WRITING offers a celebration of the act of writing that will delight, impassion, and inspire.

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 Release Date: 04/12/2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

S is for Space

S is for Space

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.S IS FOR SPACE is a spine-tingling short story collection from one of the genre's master storytellers.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 sixteen of Bradbury's most popular science fiction stories.

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.

Golden Apples of the Sun

Golden Apples of the Sun

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

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available for the first time in ebook.This collection contains thirty-two of Ray Bradbury's most famous tales - prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul.From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safari, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

October Country

October Country

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

One of Ray Bradbury's classic short story collections, available for the first time in ebook.The October Country is a classic collection of nineteen macabre short stories from the modern master of the fantastic.It is many places: a picturesque Mexican village where death is a tourist attraction; a city beneath the city where drowned lovers are silently reunited; a carnival midway where a tiny man's most cherished fantasy can be fulfilled night after night. The book's inhabitants live, dream, work, die - and sometimes live again - discovering, often too late, the high price of citizenship...

From the Dust Returned

From the Dust Returned

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

Enter the strange world of the Elliott family: it will change you forever...They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois - and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids.Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the far-flung branches of this odd and remarkable family where they will mix their arcane skills and lifestyles, fall in and out of love and change the world around them forever.You have never seen their like before.

Long After Midnight

Long After Midnight

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

A classic collection of Ray Bradbury's short fiction, available in ebook for the first time.In twenty-two stories of amazing range and variety, Ray Bradbury once again works his special magic, sounding out life's mysteries in the past, present, and the future.

R is for Rocket

R is for Rocket

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

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 seventeen of Bradbury's most popular science fiction stories, from one of the genre's master storytellers.

Halloween Tree

Halloween Tree

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

One of Ray Bradbury's classic stories - available in ebook for the first time.On Halloween night, eight trick-or-treaters gather at the haunted house by the edge of town, ready for adventure. But when Something whisks their friend Pip away, only one man - the sinister Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud - can help the boys find him.A classic tale of horror and adventure from the master of storytelling, Ray Bradbury.

Death is a Lonely Business

Death is a Lonely Business

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

One of Ray Bradbury's classic noir novels, available in ebook for the first time.Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort - until strange things begin happening around him.Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious 'accidents' - some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

Guys Read: Frost and Fire

Guys Read: Frost and Fire

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

Born into a world with only seven days to live, Sim faces the same choice everyone does: how will he spend them? Is there something greater to hope for? A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2013

Firefighters in the future no longer stop fires, but start them - by burning books. But one has forbidden doubts. A BBC Radio adaptation of Ray Bradbury's dark futuristic tale, starring Michael Pennington.

I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

When the mother of three young children dies, the father brings home a robotic grandmother to help raise them.

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2012

Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semiautobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928. Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine that can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Come and savor Ray Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

Pleasure to Burn

Pleasure to Burn

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2012

Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature-a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury's darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master's landmark novel. With classic, thematically interrelated stories alongside many crucial lesser-known ones-including, at the collection's heart, the novellas "e;Long after Midnight"e; and "e;The Fireman"e;-A Pleasure to Burn is an indispensable companion to the most powerful work of America's preeminent storyteller and a wondrous confirmation of the inimitable Bradbury's brilliance, magic, and fire.

Halloween Tree

Halloween Tree

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2011

On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious "e;spirit"e; Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween. Ray Bradbury's evocative prose and imagery will send shivers of delight-and spine-chilling terror-through listeners young and old, long after the last candle has died in your jack-o'-lantern.

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

The people of Earth are preparing for wara war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphorof crystal pillars and fossil seaswhere a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learnfirst a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is presented here as a full cast audio production with an original music score and thousands of sound effects by the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air. It marks their fourth collaboration with one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our timeRay Bradbury.

American Classic Screen Profiles

American Classic Screen Profiles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/08/2010

In American Classic Screen Profiles, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable profiles written for the magazine over its ten-year history. This collection contains rare insights into some of the brightest stars of yesteryear, as well as gifted filmmakers, directors and craftsmen alike. This compendium of profiles recaptures the spirit and scholarship of that time and will appeal to both scholars and fans who have an abiding interest in the American motion picture industry.

The Stories of Ray Bradbury

The Stories of Ray Bradbury

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2010

p-Included here are famous tales like 'Sound of Thunder', in which the carelessness of a group of time-travellers leads to disastrous consequences, and 'The Veldt', in which two seemingly innocent young children transform their nursery into a lethal trap. Here are the Martian stories, tales that vividly animate the red planet with its brittle cities and double-mooned sky. Here are stories which speak of a special nostalgia for Green Town, Illinois, the perfect setting for a seemingly cloudless childhood - except for the unknown terror lurking in the ravine. Here are the Irish stories and the Mexican stories, linked across their separate geographies by Bradbury's astonishing inventiveness. Here, too, are thrilling, terrifying stories such as 'The Fog Horn' - perfect for reading under the covers. Read for the first time, these stories are a feast for the imagination; read again - and again - they reveal new, dazzling facets of a master storyteller's extraordinary art.

Martian Chronicles

Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2009

Like Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles transcends the genre of science fiction to become a twentieth-century classic. Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet 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, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster enthralls, delights, and challenges us with his vision, starkly and stunningly exposing our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.

We'll Always Have Paris

We'll Always Have Paris

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2009

From one of the greatest living literary imaginations and the celebrated author of FAHRENHEIT 451 comes a collection of never-before-published effortlessly beautiful tales. Recently described in The Times as 'the uncrowned poet laureate of science fiction' Ray Bradbury has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize special citation in 2007 and an Emmy. In this new volume of never-before-published stories, follow a space shuttle crew as they voyage sixty million miles from home, discover what happens when a writer 'with the future's eye' believes his friend to be writing stories aboard a UFO, and listen in on a couple talking themselves backwards through time to the moment when they first held hands. This entertaining and gripping collection is a treasure trove of Bradbury gems - eerie and strange, nostalgic and bittersweet, searching and speculative - to delight readers of all ages.

We'll Always Have Paris

We'll Always Have Paris

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2009

There is no simpler, yet deeper, stylist than Bradbury. Out of the plainest of words he creates images and moods that readers seem to carry with them forever. San Francisco ChronicleOver the course of a storied literary career that has spanned more than half a century, Ray Bradbury has taken us to wonderful places: across vast oceans to foreign lands, onto summer porches of small-town America, through dark and dangerous forests where predators wait, into the hypnotic mists of dream, back to a halcyon past to remember, forward into an exhilarating future, and rocketing through outer space.In Well Always Have Parisa new collection of never-before-published storiesthe inimitable Bradbury once again does what few writers have ever done as well. He delights us with prose that soars and sings. He surprises and inspires, exposing truths and provoking deep thought. He imagines great things and poignantly observes human foibles and frailties. He enchants us with the magic he mastered decades ago and still performs flawlesslyGet ready to travel far and wide once again with Americas preeminent storyteller. His tales will live forever. We will always have Bradburyand for that reason, we are eternally blessed.From the Compact Disc edition.

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

An endearing classic of childhood memories of an idyllic midwestern summer from the celebrated author of `Farenheit 451'. He stood at the open window in the dark, took a deep breath and exhaled. The street lights, like candles on a black cake, went out. He exhaled again and again and the stars began to vanish. Douglas smiled. He pointed a finger. There, and there. Now over here, and here... Yellow squares were cut in the dim morning earth as house lights winked slowly on. A sprinkle of windows came suddenly alight miles off in dawn country. 'Everyone yawn. Everyone up.' In the backwaters of Illinois, Douglas Spaulding's grandfather makes an intoxicating brew from harvested dandelions. `Dandelion Wine' is a quirky, breathtaking coming-of-age story from one of science fiction's greatest writers. Distilling his experiences into Rites & Ceremonies and Discoveries & Revelations , the young Spaulding wistfully ponders over magical tennis shoes, and machines for every purpose from time travel to happiness and silent travel. Based upon Bradbury's own experiences growing up in Waukegan in the 1920s, `Dandelion Wine' is a heady mixture of fond memory, forgiveness, magic, the imagination and above all, of summers that seemed to go on forever.

Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

A poignant and brilliant sequel to Dandelion Wine from the author of Fahrenheit 451 In Green Town Illinois, Douglas Spaulding is in the midst of a small civil war with the old pitted against the young in this, the second book in Bradbury's semi-fictionalised account of his childhood. As the school board's figure of authority Mr Calvin C. Quartermain attempts to outwit the boys at every turn, their antics increase and become ever more daring and mischevious. Once the shadow of winter draws across Green Town, the boys quickly realise that their enemy is not so much the senior members of their own community, but rather time itself which is ever ebbing away, just beyond the reach of their most daring trick yet: a bold attempt to sabotage the town's clock.

Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 1

Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 1

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

One hundred classic stories from the celebrated author of Fahrenheit 451. In this, the first volume of Ray Bradbury's short stories, some of the author's finest works are published together, among them `Homecoming', `Veldt', `A Sound of Thunder' and `The Long Rain'. Join an ill-fated crew of astronauts pushed to the brink of insanity by the incessant and highly corrosive rain on Venus, a high-tech virtual reality playroom that comes to life with terrible consequences, and a safari company offering tours for the wealthy back in time to the prehistoric era to stalk and kill dinosaurs, resulting in the present they return to being irrevocably altered. This collection is a rare treasure trove of wonder; as apprehensive about technology and the fate of humanity as it is elegiaic of its irrepressible progress. Each story presents an enlightening and poetic facet of Bradbury's writing, every one as relevant now as when it was first written.

Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 2

Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 2

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

A scintillating collection of stories from the master of science fiction. Since the beginning of his career in the 1940s, Ray Bradbury has become synonymous with great science fiction from the pulp comic books of his early work to his adaptations for television, stage and screen and most notably for his masterpiece, `Fahrenheit 451'. Bradbury has done a rare thing; to capture both the popular and literary imagination. Within these pages the reader will be transported to foreign and extraordinary worlds, become transfixed by visions of the past, present, and future and be left humbled and inspired by one of most absorbing and engaging writers of this century, and the last. This is the second of two volumes offering the very best of his short stories including 'The Garbage Collector', `The Machineries of Joy' and `The Toynbee Convector'.

Now and Forever

Now and Forever

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2008

Two dazzling new novellas from the celebrated author of Fahrenheit 451. Two previously unpublished novellas comprise this astonishing new volume from one of science fiction's greatest living writers. In the first, 'Somewhere a Band is Playing', newsman James Cardiff is lured through poetry and his fascination with a beautiful and enigmatic young woman to Summerton, Arizona. The small town's childless population hold an extraordinary secret which has been passed on for thousands of years unbeknownst to the rest of human civilization. In the second novella, 'Leviathan '99', the classic tale of Herman Melville's `Moby Dick' is reborn as an interstellar adventure. It recounts the exploits of the mad Captain Ahab, who, blinded by his first encounter with a gigantic comet called 'Leviathan', pursues his lunatic vendetta across the universe. Born in space and seeking adventure in the skies, astronaut Ishmael Jones joins the crew aboard the Cetus 7 and quickly finds his fate in the hands of an indefatigable captain. Published together for the first time in one volume, these two stories twinkle with Bradbury's characteristically intricate metaphors and lyrical phrases. Both are a lasting testament to an older generation of writers that, much like the Leviathan itself, are on the threshold of passing on into the realm of legend.

One More for the Road

One More for the Road

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2005

For more than fifty years Ray Bradbury has regaled us with wonders, enabled us to view from fresh perspectives the world we inhabit, and see others we never dreamed existed.Here are eighteen brand-new stories and seven previously published but never before collected stories -- proof positive that Bradbury's magic is as potent as ever.Sip the sweet innocence of youth, the wisdom -- and folly -- of age. Taste the warm mysteries of summer and bitterness of betrayed loves and abandoned places. These stories will set your mind spinning and carry you to remarkable locales: a house where lime has no boundaries; a movie theater where deconstructed schlock is drunkenly assembled into art; a wheat field that hides a strangely welcome enemy. These are but a few of the ingredients that have gone into Bradbury's savory cocktail. And every satisfying swallow brings new surprises and revelations.

Dinosaur Tales

Dinosaur Tales

Author: Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/07/2003

You Are Here The Jerde Partnership International

You Are Here The Jerde Partnership International

Author: Ray Bradbury, Margaret Crawford Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/1999

Armed with a rare combination of talents, and a clear understanding of retail, Jon Jerde has established himself not only as a hugely successful shopping and entertainment-centre architect but also as a veritable alchemist of the urban condition. The Jerde Partnership International has transformed city centres worldwide and is hired by developers and city managers to analyse sites and improve the life of a designated street or neighbourhood. The firm devises site-specific, large-scale projects in order to stimulate social and economic regeneration. This is the first ever monograph to examine thoroughly the Jerde phenomenon. 25 of the Jerde Partnership's most significant built and unbuilt projects illustrate how Jerde synthesizes commerce and public life in a way that will revolutionize the design of twenty-first-century cities. Critical essays are by architectural historian Margaret Crawford, cultural historian Norman M Klein, and architect Craig Hodges. Richly illustrated, and punctuated with Jerde's sketches and writings on his personal philosophy, the book reflects the complexity and exuberance of this influential body of work.

The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/1995

A classic collection of stories - all told on the skin of a man - from the author of Fahrenheit 451. If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphurous colour and exquisite human anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man's body for his art... Yet the Illustrated Man has tried to burn the illustrations off. He's tried sandpaper, acid, and a knife. Because, as the sun sets, the pictures glow like charcoals, like scattered gems. They quiver and come to life. Tiny pink hands gesture, tiny mouths flicker as the figures enact their stories - voices rise, small and muted, predicting the future. Here are sixteen tales: sixteen illustrations... the seventeenth is your own future told on the skin of the Illustrated Man.

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/1995

The strange and wonderful tale of man's experiences on Mars, filled with intense images and astonishing visions.The classic work that transformed Ray Bradbury into a household name. Written in the age of the atom when America and Europe optimisitcally viewed the discovery of life on Mars as inevitable, Bradbury's 1940s short stories of a brutal, stark and unforgiving martian landscape were as shocking and visionary as they were insightful. `The Martian Chronicles' tells the story of humanity's repeated attempts to colonize the red planet. The first men were few. Most succumbed to a disease they called the Great Loneliness when they saw their home planet dwindle to the size of a pin dot. Those few that survived found no welcome. The shape-changing Martians thought they were native lunatics and duly locked them up. More rockets arrived from Earth, piercing the hallucinations projected by the Martians. People brought their old prejudices with them - and their desires and fantasies, tainted dreams. These were soon inhabited by the strange native beings, with their caged flowers and birds of flame.

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