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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

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

Asleep in Armageddon

Asleep in Armageddon

Author: Ray Bradbury, Stanley Weinbaum, Fritz Leiber, Walter Miller Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

SERAPIS CLASSICS EDITION INCLUDES BONUS STORIES BY WALTER MILLER, STANLEY WEINBAUM & FRITZ LEIBER! __________ Even when dealing with the perilously stereotyped modern interplanetary story, the devilish pen of Ray Bradbury achieves that originality of concept, that special spark of subtle pin-pricking that has made him outstanding. This story, the devilish pen of Ray Bradbury achieves that originality of concept, the most near-to-believable stage wherein one lone man can have an entire world to himself...to himself and few disquieting dreams.

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.

S is for Space

S is for Space

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2017

Der Klassiker erstmals auf Deutsch: Die 16 popularsten Storys von Ray Bradbury, dem "e;ungekronten Dichterfurst der Science Fiction"e;. The Times UKSteven Spielberg nennt ihn seine Inspiration, die Washington Post einen Mythenschpfer, der Guardian vergleicht ihn mit Edgar Allan Poe: Kaum ein Autor hat das literarische und filmische Schaffen im Bereich der Science Fiction derart geprgt wie Ray Bradbury. Seine 1966 erschienene Kurzgeschichten-Sammlung mit 16 von Bradbury selbst ausgewhlten Storys liegt nun erstmals auch in deutscher bersetzung vor und macht einen visionren wie zeitlosen Klassiker der Science-Fiction-Literatur einem breiten Publikum zugnglich. Bradburys Geschichten spielen auf der Erde, im All und auf dem Mars und zeigen das volle Spektrum eines Ausnahmeautors, von Horror bis Humor. "e;Seine Begabung frs Geschichtenerzhlen hat unsere Kultur neu geformt und unsere Welt erweitert."e; Barack Obama

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.

The Best of Ray Bradbury

The Best of Ray Bradbury

Author: Ray Bradbury, Richard Corben Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2016

Ray Bradbury Dinosaur Tales

Ray Bradbury Dinosaur Tales

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2016

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.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Author: Ray Bradbury Format: Paperback / softback 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: Paperback / softback 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 - 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.

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.