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Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)

Author of Fahrenheit 451

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About the Author

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The show more Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit. He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) 53,309 copies
The Martian Chronicles (1950) 16,475 copies
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962) 11,274 copies
The Illustrated Man (1946) 8,811 copies
Dandelion Wine (1957) 7,466 copies
The October Country (1955) 3,478 copies
Zen in the Art of Writing (1989) 2,612 copies
The Halloween Tree (1972) 2,611 copies
The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953) 2,075 copies
I Sing the Body Electric (1969) 1,823 copies
From the Dust Returned (2001) 1,698 copies
The Stories of Ray Bradbury (1980) 1,300 copies
Death is a Lonely Business (1985) 1,299 copies
R is for Rocket (1962) 1,266 copies
Quicker Than the Eye (1996) 1,219 copies
The Machineries of Joy (1964) 1,217 copies
The Toynbee Convector (1988) 1,177 copies
Long After Midnight (1976) — Author — 1,114 copies
Farewell Summer (2006) 1,093 copies
A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990) 974 copies
S is for Space (1966) 876 copies
Driving Blind (1997) 794 copies
One More for the Road (2002) 724 copies
A Medicine for Melancholy (1959) 693 copies
The Vintage Bradbury (1965) 616 copies
Let's All Kill Constance (2003) 565 copies
The Cat's Pajamas (2004) 543 copies
The Day it Rained Forever (1959) 513 copies
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow (1952) — Editor — 434 copies
We'll Always Have Paris (2008) 380 copies
Dinosaur Tales (1983) 332 copies
The Small Assassin (1962) 232 copies
The Veldt [short story] (1950) 209 copies
Switch on the Night (1955) 209 copies
Summer Morning, Summer Night (2007) 154 copies
Dark Carnival (1947) 153 copies
A memory of murder (1984) 140 copies
Killer, Come Back To Me (2020) 132 copies
Pillar of Fire (1975) 107 copies
Something Wicked This Way Comes [1983 film] (1983) — Screenwriter/Original book — 96 copies
Darker Masques (2002) — Contributor — 84 copies
Time Untamed (1967) 82 copies
The Playground (1953) 78 copies
The Autumn People (1965) 75 copies
All Summer in a Day (1954) 70 copies
The Halloween Tree [1993 film] (2012) — Author — 61 copies
Tomorrow Midnight (1966) 56 copies
Huhtikuun noita (1900) 55 copies
Marionettes, Inc. (2009) 54 copies
With Cat for Comforter (1997) 51 copies
Kaleidoscope (1951) 46 copies
Celui qui attend (1999) 42 copies
Mars and the Mind of Man (1971) 41 copies
The Fog Horn (1951) 38 copies
Bloch and Bradbury (1969) 32 copies
The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition (2009) — Author — 31 copies
Fahrenheit 451: Playscript (1986) 31 copies
The Vampire: An Anthology (1963) — Contributor — 28 copies
Skeletons (2008) 27 copies
A Little Journey (2011) 26 copies
Viaggiatore del tempo (1989) 25 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 63 (1969) 22 copies
The Last Night of the World (1951) 21 copies
I Live by the Invisible (2002) 21 copies
Mummies of Guanajuato (1978) 21 copies
Cuentos espaciales (1901) 21 copies
The Smile [short atory] (1952) 21 copies
Futuria Fantasia (1960) 20 copies
The Illustrated Man [1969 film] (1986) — Screenwriter — 20 copies
Lorelei of the Red Mist (2010) — Author — 19 copies
Zero Hour (1947) 19 copies
Toiset taivaat (1993) 19 copies
Bradbury Thirteen [audio] (1986) 19 copies
The Dragon [short story] (1900) 18 copies
The Dragon Who Ate His Tail (2007) 18 copies
Nemo! (2013) 17 copies
Moby Dick: the Screenplay (2008) 17 copies
The Other Foot (1951) 16 copies
Masks (2008) 16 copies
Beyond (1963) 16 copies
Science, Fact and Fiction (1974) 16 copies
Where Everything Ends (2009) 16 copies
It Came from Outer Space (2004) 15 copies
Asleep in Armageddon (1948) 15 copies
The Crowd (1943) — Author — 15 copies
Five Sci-Fi Thrillers (2014) 15 copies
Léviathan 99 (2007) 14 copies
The Pedestrian (1951) 13 copies
Gesänge des Computers (1969) 13 copies
Tangerine (2006) 13 copies
Intercanvi (2005) 12 copies
Nouvelles (French Edition) (1989) 12 copies
Ylla [short story] (1950) 11 copies
The Art of Playboy (1985) 11 copies
Nine Rarities (2012) 11 copies
Usher II (1950) 11 copies
The Exiles (1949) 10 copies
Ausgewählte Erzählungen (2008) 10 copies
Homecoming (1946) 10 copies
The Kilimanjaro Device (1965) 9 copies
The Rocket 9 copies
The Long Rain (1946) 9 copies
The Wish [short story] (1973) 9 copies
The Martian Chronicles (2015) 9 copies
The Pendulum 9 copies
The Jar (1944) 9 copies
Short Stories (1975) 8 copies
The Ghosts of Forever (1981) 8 copies
Interim [short story] (1947) 8 copies
Futuria Fantasia, Spring 1940 (2012) — Editor — 8 copies
The Locusts [short story] (1950) 8 copies
The Lake 8 copies
En El Expreso, Al Norte (1990) 8 copies
The Illustrated Woman (1961) 8 copies
The Rocket Man (1951) 8 copies
The Wind (1943) 8 copies
The Gift [short story] (1959) 8 copies
Is That You, Herb? (2004) 7 copies
The Dwarf (1954) 7 copies
The Small Assassin [short story] (1946) — Narrator, some editions — 7 copies
The Visitor (1948) 7 copies
Jack-in-the-box 7 copies
The Murderer (1953) 7 copies
Cemetery Dance Issue 50 (2004) 7 copies
Uncle Einar (1947) 7 copies
The Man (1948) 7 copies
Last Rites 7 copies
Kaleidoskops : [stāsti] (1949) 6 copies
The Shore [short story] (1950) 6 copies
The Veldt: A Play (1972) 6 copies
The Flying Machine (1953) 6 copies
Heavy-Set (1964) 6 copies
Tomorrow's Child (1948) 6 copies
Besucher aus dem Dunkel (1972) — Author — 6 copies
Hollerbochen's Dilemma (1938) 6 copies
The Highway (1950) 6 copies
Time Intervening (2001) 6 copies
The Cistern 6 copies
The Meadow [short story] (1948) 6 copies
The Finnegan 6 copies
Night Call, Collect (1969) 6 copies
The Screaming Woman (1951) 6 copies
The Shoreline At Sunset (1959) 6 copies
Skeleton (1945) 6 copies
There Was An Old Woman (1944) 6 copies
The Women (1948) 5 copies
Mr. Pale {short story} (1997) 5 copies
The Haunting of the New (1969) 5 copies
And This Did Dante Do (1970) 5 copies
Morgue Ship (1944) 5 copies
The Tombling Day (1952) 5 copies
Fragments! (2005) 5 copies
The Love Affair (1983) 5 copies
The Nefertiti-Tut Express (2012) 5 copies
The Messiah [short story] (1971) 5 copies
Fever Dream [short story] (1959) 5 copies
Downwind from Gettysburg (1969) 5 copies
The City {short story} (1950) 5 copies
Henry the Ninth (1969) 5 copies
En La Noche [short story] (1952) 4 copies
Embroidery [short story] (1951) 4 copies
Põrmust tõusnud (2015) 4 copies
The Fireman 4 copies
Banshee 4 copies
Halloweenipuu (2021) 4 copies
The Witch Door 4 copies
The Scythe (1943) 4 copies
Powerhouse [short story] (1948) 4 copies
The Trolley (1955) 4 copies
Time in Thy Flight (1953) 4 copies
Bradbury, Ray 4 copies
Defense Mech (2021) 4 copies
The First Night of Lent (1956) 4 copies
Das Weihnachtsgeschenk (2008) 4 copies
All of Me Is Illustrated (2020) 4 copies
A Miracle of Rare Device (1962) 4 copies
Bug 3 copies
To Sing Strange Songs (1979) 3 copies
Venus Remembered (2020) 3 copies
Relats inquietants (1994) 3 copies
Tulta ja jäätä (2023) 3 copies
The Handler 3 copies
The Poems 3 copies
Changeling (1949) 3 copies
Witness and Celebrate (2000) 3 copies
Pillar of Fire (1948) 3 copies
In Memoriam: Clark Ashton Smith (1963) — Introduction — 3 copies
By the Numbers! 3 copies
Junior 3 copies
Chyrsalis {short story} (1946) 3 copies
The Vacation 3 copies
La sombra del espacio (1979) 3 copies
Urania #323 (1963) — Author — 3 copies
Short Fiction (2022) 3 copies
The Dead Man 3 copies
One Timeless Spring (1946) 3 copies
The Troll 3 copies
Hopscotch 3 copies
The Monster Maker (1944) 3 copies
Phoenix 451 2 copies
2 2 copies
The Lonely Ones 2 copies
The Piper (1943) 2 copies
华氏451 2 copies
Otras crónicas marcianas (2022) 2 copies
1 2 copies
Planète rouge (1992) 2 copies
The Picasso Summer [1969 film] (1969) — Screenwriter — 2 copies
34 RACCONTI (1984) 2 copies
Ray Bradbury Super Pack (2020) 2 copies
Science Fiction Forever (2020) 2 copies
Slunce a stín 2 copies
Farenheit 451 2 copies
2 contes fantàstics (1982) 2 copies
Den yderste Nat (2018) 2 copies
Dandelion Wine / Summer Morning, Summer Night (2007) — Author — 2 copies
Maly Morderca 2 copies
The Sea Shell 2 copies
One Hundred 2 copies
Marsianskije hroniki (2013) 1 copy
Fahrenheint 451 (1991) 1 copy
La brousse (1976) 1 copy
There Will Come Soft Rains [radio dramatisation] — Original author — 1 copy
Strom duchů (2015) 1 copy
451° po Farengejtu (2016) 1 copy
Sonbahar Ulkesi (2015) 1 copy
Farenheit 451 (2003) 1 copy
THE EARLIEST BRADBURY (2020) 1 copy
Le Cronache 1.2 — Author — 1 copy
Le Cronache 2.2 — Author — 1 copy
Death-wish 1 copy
Dangerous Game (1980) — Author — 1 copy
Argosy - November 1958 (1958) — Contributor — 1 copy
Gotcha! 1 copy
Exchange (2015) 1 copy
Momento Mori 1 copy
Quid Pro Quo 1 copy
The Offering 1 copy
Doodad 1 copy
Ray Bradbury Review (1988) 1 copy
Free Dirt 1 copy
Cuentos Sobre Rieles (2000) 1 copy
I, Rocket (1944) 1 copy
The Night 1 copy
Los endemoniados (1978) 1 copy
Lazarus Come Forth (2021) 1 copy
X Minus One: Complete (2019) 1 copy
Ray Bradbury 1 copy
ESQUIRE The Magazine for Men March, 1954 (1954) — Contributor — 1 copy
Ateş ve Buz 1 copy
Folon's Folons (1990) 1 copy
Ashton Smith 1 copy

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A Princess of Mars (1912) — Introduction, some editions — 4,170 copies
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 812 copies
Fancies and Goodnights (1951) — Introduction, some editions — 747 copies
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The Dark Descent (1987) — Contributor — 716 copies
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American Supernatural Tales (2007) — Contributor — 438 copies
King Kong (1932) — Commentary, some editions — 417 copies
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The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (2005) — Contributor — 379 copies
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (1984) — Contributor — 362 copies
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 339 copies
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Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 334 copies
Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories (2015) — Contributor — 334 copies
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75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 296 copies
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A Treasury of Great Science Fiction [2-volume set] (1959) — Contributor — 292 copies
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Witches & Warlocks: Tales of Black Magic, Old & New (1991) — Contributor — 283 copies
Twilight Zone: The Original Stories (1985) — Contributor — 272 copies
Dark Delicacies (2005) — Contributor — 272 copies
Weird Tales (1988) — Contributor — 269 copies
Space Opera (1974) — Contributor — 265 copies
Masterpieces of Fantasy and Enchantment (1988) — Contributor — 260 copies
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The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Set (1961) — Contributor — 209 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Introduction — 198 copies
Tomorrow's Children (1966) — Contributor — 197 copies
A Rendezvous in Averoigne [collection] (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 197 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 196 copies
Beyond Armageddon (1985) — Contributor — 193 copies
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Sea-Kings of Mars (2005) — Contributor — 179 copies
Fahrenheit 451 [1966 film] (1966) — Original novel — 178 copies
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Hangman's Dozen (1962) — Contributor — 142 copies
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3 to the Highest Power (1968) — Contributor — 138 copies
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Arthur C. Clarke: The Authorized Biography (1992) — Foreword, some editions — 138 copies
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Tomorrow Sucks (1994) — Contributor — 109 copies
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Towards Infinity (1938) — Contributor — 44 copies
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Weird Legacies (1977) — Contributor — 33 copies
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Best Of Masques (1988) — Contributor — 30 copies
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alanac50 | 318 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a 1953 dystopian novel in which books have been outlawed and are routinely destroyed by “fireman”. Mr. Bradbury is one of the foremost science-fiction authors of the 20th Century.

Guy Montag is a fireman, a job which entails burning outlawed books, as well as the houses they are hidden in. He meets a new neighbor, a teenager named Clarisse McClelan, who opens his mind to new ideas. Guy returns home to find his wife, Mildred, has overdosed on sleeping pills. Between Clarisse’s happiness with simple pleasures, Mildred’s near-death experience, and the illiterate society, Guy starts questioning his own life and whatever he calls “happiness”.

Guy tries to engage his wife and her friends with intellectual conversation by reading a poem. Instead, they turn him in and his own department comes to burn down his house. He escapes, becomes a nomad and meets up with former intellectuals who each memorized books, embracing literature and culture.

After finishing Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and thinking about it a bit, I was surprised to find out how relevant this book is, almost 70 years after it was written.

The book was written when the “Red Scare” was prominent, the Un-American Activities Committee(HUAC) was ruining the lives of American citizens, and the populace was quickly transitioning from radio and books to the glory of television. In the book, “family” is a wall showing TV talk shows, which takes precedence over almost anything else.

These days, social media is “family”, and cell phones are addictive. Critical thinking is abandoned by talking heads with an agenda, propaganda, or stranger commenting on the Internet telling people what to think. Our focus and thoughts have been stolen by technology, instead of television and radio, but the nuance is still there.

The book, by itself, is not a great piece of literature. It’s flat, characters are not fully developed, lots of hyperbole takes over the narrative. However, like many other great stories it has a lot to say in between the lines as a cautionary tale which is still applicable.

The book reminds of that what we take for granted is valuable. Whether it be the physical books, or more importantly the ideas in them. The book raises important questions about the present (1950s or 2020s) and what alternatives we have. Ray Bradbury doesn’t try to predict the future, it extends a troubled aspect allowing us to see it from a different perspective.

The world in which Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 thankfully doesn’t exist, but we can apply the book’s warning today. Much like Brave New World, the story might be boring to a teenager, but becomes more interesting, and totally different as you grew older.
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ZoharLaor | 986 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |
Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury, made a deep and lasting impression on me. It is already, after one reading, on my ever-mutating list of favourite books. It was powerful. I smiled cheerily at most of it, cried twice, and laughed out loud once. That's a lot of feeling from a woman with a locked-up heart, and a mind closed to love forever. I think this book may have changed the way I plan to live the rest of my days. At the very least, it has given me the impetus to think about leaving this sofa where I've weathered heartbreak and hid from a global pandemic, and mourned the death of both of my parents, and suffered more heartbreak and unemployment. It's become a hermit's cave, this old brown sofa. I'm so glad I encountered this book.

Dandelion Wine takes place in the summer of 1928, in Greentown, Illinois, and focuses on the lives of two brothers, Doug and Tom. These boys really know how to spend every moment of summer, and in the years before helicopter parenting, they had a summer like I used to have, outdoorsy, unsupervised, and mainly happy. The tales of new sneakers and matinees provide a lovely backdrop to the real power of this story, which points out that you can't get time back. In between cavorting and planning, the town where Doug and Tom live undergoes deaths, old romances, a serial killer (that was a surprise!), secrets, fears, and the bottling of dandelion wine, which is the very essence of childhood summers.

I could smell grass and Coppertone sun lotion and heat while I read. I could hear cicadas droning, noisy children, and crickets, to whose music I fell asleep almost every night of my childhood summers. I don't know when I've read a book so evocative of my youth.

I expected science fiction. It is what Bradbury's known for. It wasn't. It veered briefly into horror when a serial killer comes to town, an event so tautly writtien that at one point I screamed out loud, but it is not science fiction in any discernable way. I find myself comparing it, even while reading it, to my beloved A Death in the Family by James Agee, a masterpiece of American fiction, perhaps the finest of the twentieth century. Dandelion Wine stands next to it, proudly.

The narrator was excellent. He had a fine voice and dramatized with excellence. His name is David Aaron Baker.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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ahef1963 | 186 other reviews | Feb 20, 2024 |
Wow. For such a short story, it packs an awful strong punch.

I started this story as a way to pass the time until my power came back on. This isn’t something you just pick up and put down again. I have a strong feeling when I read this again, I will have a different message than what I read just now.

Insight on life, philosophy, trends, people. What have we become? We may not have tv walls but when was the last time you had a meaningful insightful interaction? Not just talking but a full truthful conversation. The ones where you forget all the things around you, and it is just you and the other person?

This book spoke to me and I to it. Our conversation was not long but it was very impactful. Life is all around us and boundaries are something that our mind makes for ourselves to feel comfortable.
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