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Irish Times recalls Bradbury’s “Irish Connection”
July 9, 2020
Irish author and academic George O’Brien marks the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth with an Irish Times article recalling the world renown writer’s storied time in Ireland. In 1953, director John Huston hired Bradbury to write the screenplay for Moby Dick. Huston was living in County Kildare so Bradbury, his wife, and two daughters boarded a ship to Ireland and took up residence at Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Hotel. For the next seven months, he sat at his typewriter all day, tapping out his retelling of Herman Melville’s classic novel. At night, he would call a cab and take the pages to Huston for review. Bradbury’s memories of that time gave birth to a series of lyrical autobiographical vignettes that began with “The First Night of Lent,” originally published in Playboy’s March, 1956 issue. Thirty-five years of writing about Ireland was eventually brought together in Bradbury’s 1992 novel, Green Shadow, White Whale.
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Alta selects Fahrenheit 451 for Best West Coast Science Fiction list
July 3. 2020
Alta has named Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 one of its top ten works of West Coast Science fiction to read. Sparked, in part, by a late night encounter with the police when he was out on a walk, Bradbury wrote the classic novel in the basement of the UCLA library on a rented typewriter over just nine days in 1952. Over half a century later, author and editor David Ulin suggests that, like all good science fiction, Fahrenheit 451 shows “us where we are and where we might be headed.” Read about Fahrenheit 451 and nine other books whose writing and messages have stood the test of time by clicking the button below.
All of Me Is Illustrated featured in Alta Magazine
July 3. 2020
All of Me Is Illustrated was highlighted in this month’s issue of Alta. It is the first book to feature Ray Bradbury’s timeless stories “The Illustrated Man” and “The Illustrated Woman” together alongside the most stunning tattooed bodies of today. In her feature article, visual artist and writer Kim Eisele explores the intimate connection between storytellers and tattoos, suggesting that both can help us redefine our relationship with ourselves and the world as we “step a little differently into the future.”
De Moines Public Library awarded NEA Big Read Grant for Fahrenheit 451 program
June, 19, 2020
The Des Moines Public Library has received a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant to fund programs, community activities, and discussions centered around Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Set in a future where books are burned and observation has replaced experience, Fahrenheit 451 offers timely messages from a world that The New York Times suggests “bears many alarming resemblances to our own.”
The Des Moines Library chose the book because it explores themes that are “still relevant today on the conflict between free expression and censorship, the value of authentic human interaction, the role technology plays in people’s lives, and more.”
Announcing the Bradbury Read-A-Thon on August 22, 2020
June 16, 2020
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth, the Bradbury Centennial, in partnership with libraries large and small, will bring people from across the United States together to take part in a live streamed reading of the author’s work on August 22, 2020. Honoring Bradbury’s life-long love of libraries as welcoming places that expand the mind and spark the imagination, writers, scholars, and readers of all ages will bring the fantastical worlds of his timeless stories to life.
The Participating Partners: Library of Congress, Los Angeles Public Library, and Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and the Contributing Libraries and Institutions (list in formation) are: Anchorage Public Library (Alaska), Athens Regional Library System (Georgia), Boston Public Library (Massachusetts), Broward County Library (Florida), Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (New York), Center for Ray Bradbury Studies (Indiana), Central Arkansas Library System (Arkansas), Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (North Carolina), Columbus Metropolitan Library (Ohio), Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University (Texas), Dallas Public Library (Texas), Des Moines Public Library and Library Foundation (Ohio), Indian Valley Public Library (Pennsylvania), Pima County Public Library (Arizona), San Francisco Public Library (California), South Pasadena Library (California), The Friends of the Venice Library (California), The Seattle Public Library (Washington), University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library (Alaska), University of Iowa Library Special Collections (Iowa), University of Kansas Libraries (Kansas), University of Pittsburgh Library System (Pennsylvania), Waukegan Parks District and Library (Illinois)
Check back on the Centennial page for details on how to watch on YouTube and Instagram.
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Arts & Music Festival
June 13, 2020
There’s something for the entire family to enjoy at the virtual Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine Arts and Music Festival on Saturday, June 13. In celebration of Bradbury’s centennial year, the Waukegan Park District will begin its first online festival at 10am CDT as fans from across the globe, including master storyteller Megan Wells and Bradbury scholar Phil Nichols, come together to read Waukegan native Ray Bradbury’s novel, Dandelion Wine on Facebook. The reading and all of the other performances are free.
Learn more by visiting the event’s Facebook page
Want to know more about Bradbury and the hometown experiences he drew on to write Dandelion Wine? Watch Ty Rohrer, manager of Cultural Arts at the Waukegan Parks District, present “Ray Bradbury: Waukegan’s Influence on a Visionary.” The hour long presentation was part of Waukegan Historical Society’s centennial tribute to Ray Bradbury.
Shadow Show celebrates Bradbury’s Influence
June 12, 2020
Bradbury influenced countless lives through his stories and his ideas. Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury brings together Bradbury inspired short stories with illustrations to create a fitting homage to the prolific author.
Stories include Neil Gaiman’s “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,” a touching tribute to Bradbury’s timelessness that was originally written for the author’s 91st birthday. In “Live Forever!” by Sam Weller, Bradbury takes center stage as a character in a story where a reporter finds himself interviewing the author in his Los Angeles home. Each story, beautifully illustrated, is a reminder of the creativity Bradbury sparked in so many readers. Read a review of the book or buy a copy by using the buttons below
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Rocketman now available through Amazon Prime
June 11, 2020
Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, is now free to Amazon Prime members. Elton John’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, took his inspiration for the 1972 hit song “Rocket Man” from Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Rocket Man.” Taupin said the song came to him in the middle of a long drive and he had to repeat it over and over for two hours to make sure he did not forget the song before he could get it down on paper.
First Fandom Experience publishing The Earliest Bradbury
June 8, 2020
To celebrate the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth, First Fandom Experience will publish The Earliest Bradbury, a treasure trove of Bradbury’s articles, stories, and drawings dating back to when he began publishing in fanzines as a teen. The works are reproduced in full facsimile form and readers will have the opportunity to experience material that has not been available to the public since it originally appeared in the 1930s and 1940s. This is an incredible opportunity to watch Bradbury’s development from a science fiction and fantasy fan to one of the most celebrated authors in the genre.
This 160+ page, lavishly illustrated hardcover will be initially issued in a limit printing of 100 copies.
Fahrenheit 451 a top pick on Ezvid Wiki’s Best American Literature List
June 3, 2020
Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 has been ranked #2 on Ezvid Wiki’s 10 Best American Literature Books. The dystopian story about freedom of thought and action was originally published in 1953 but could not be more relevant today.
The list’s editor praised the book, remarking that “It’s a quick read at under 300 pages and accessible to those in their early teens, it’s loaded with symbolism and boasts deep treatments of heavy themes. [Fahrenheit 451] explores what life is like when technology begins to erase what it is to be human and the powers that be keep people ignorant of art and expression.”
Tomorrow’s Child, an immersive online audio experience
June 2, 2020
Vertigo Theatre and Ghost River Theatre present Tomorrow’s Child, a one-of-a-kind performance based on Bradbury’s short story of the same name. This award winning performance designed as a blindfolded theater production has been adapted as an immersive online audio experience. Using 3-D audio and binaural technology, the show uses the sense of hearing to create a “landscape of sound” that places the audience in the futuristic world of the story.
Performances run June 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 2020.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click the button below.
Neil Gaiman Wins Ray Bradbury Nebula Award
June 1, 2020
Neil Gaiman won the 2019 Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation yesterday for episode three of Good Omens, “Hard Times.” Watch Bradbury biographer Sam Weller introduce the award and Neil Gaiman give his acceptance speech by clicking the button below.
The entire series of Good Omens is available on Amazon Prime. Click below to watch.
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Celebrate the NASA and SpaceX Dragon launch with a reading of “If Only We Had Taller Been”
May 30, 2020
As NASA and SpaceX launch the Dragon and Falcon 9 to send astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley off to the International Space Station, watch Ray Bradbury read his inspirational poem about the desire to explore the universe, “If Only We Had Taller Been.”
Jonathan Eller’s Bradbury Beyond Apollo available for pre-order
May 22, 2020
Bradbury Beyond Apollo, Jonathan Eller’s final book in the acclaimed trilogy on the life of Ray Bradbury, is available for pre-order. The book, which draws on interviews with Bradbury, personal papers, and private collections, chronicles the later half of Bradbury’s life and explores Bradbury’s expanding interest in nonfiction, public speaking, and entertainment productions. The book will be released on the 100th anniversary of Bradbury’s birth, August 22, 2020.
Fahrenheit 451 Recommended as
May 18, 2020
Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book, recommended Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as her dystopian novel of choice in the LA Times “Essential end-of-the-world reading list.” For more book suggestions by authors like Emily St. John Mandel and Wil Wheaton, view the full list by clicking the link below.
May 9, 2020
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Author Neil Gaiman and Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bradbury’s birth during the virtual Big Book Weekend festival. Gaiman and Weller discussed Bradbury’s continued appeal for readers of all ages and his influence on their own work.
Watch their discussion by visiting the link below.
Wil Wheaton Reads “Luana the Living”
May 4, 2020
Actor & writer Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, and Stand by Me) read Bradbury’s “Luana the Living” on an episode of his podcast, Radio Free Burrito. Wheaton describes this story of an explorer’s harrowing experience in the jungles of India as “*exactly* the kind of book I would have picked up from the spinning rack of fifty cent paperbacks in the drugstore.”
Published in 1940 in the fanzine Polaris when Bradbury was 19 years old, “Luana the Living,” offers a rare glimpse into the writers’ earliest works.
Listen to “Luana the Living” by clicking the button below.
World Book Day
April 23, 2020
World Book Day offers us a chance to celebrate the delight reading brings. Over one hundred countries observe World Book Day, highlighting the opportunities that lie within the pages of the books we read to ourselves or share with others.
Whether you read to increase general knowledge, understand other cultures, or escape into new worlds of possibility, books stimulate our minds and open our hearts.
In a time when physical distancing keeps many people apart, reading books strengthens the bonds between different generations and communities: share a book with someone you know to discover what you have in common and share a book with a child to open windows into worlds they have never seen.
Michael Chabon Reads “The Rocket Man”
April 20, 2020
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon read Bradbury’s “The Rocket Man” on Read By, a new podcast from New York’s 92nd Street Y. The program features exceptional writers reading from works that matter to them. When Chabon first read “The Rocket Man” in his early teens, he “realized stories were made not of ideas or exciting twists of plot but of language. Not words, not turns of phrase, but imagery and patterns of metaphor.”
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Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Book Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction: Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy Book 1), Riverhead
April 17, 2020
The Los Angeles Times in partnership with the Ray Bradbury Estate announced that Marlon James was the winner of the inaugural Ray Bradbury Book Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction for his book Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
April 13, 2020
Ray Bradbury’s “I, Rocket”, has been nominated for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Award for best short story. Bradbury’s “King of the Gray Spaces” (later retitled “R Is for Rocket”) won the same award in 2019. This year’s Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the science fiction world, will be presented online at CoNZealand’s virtual convention, July 29–August 2, 2020, on a date to be determined.
March 20, 2020
A selection from Interdisciplinary scholar Anna Felicity Friedman’s introduction to the newly released book All of Me Is Illustrated appears on Lithub. Friedman explores the power of Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man by tracing the history of tattoos, from Bradbury’s first exposure to tattoos in the sideshows of the 1930s to their popularity today. A historian and longtime collector of the form, Dr. Friedman explains tattoo’s timeless ability to express complicated narratives and striking artistic visions.
Friedmans’s complete introduction can be read in All of Me Is Illustrated, the first book to feature Ray Bradbury’s treasured stories “The Illustrated Man” and “The Illustrated Woman” together alongside the most stunning tattooed bodies of today, available for purchase here.
PASADENA, California (Feb. 21-Mar. 1, 2020)
Caltech will honor the works of Ray Bradbury between February 21 and March 1, 2020 with a series of short, adapted, one-act plays from his works.
LOS ANGELES, California. (Dec. 23, 2019)
On April 17, 2020, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes in partnership with the Ray Bradbury Estate will announce the winner of the inaugural Ray Bradbury Book Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.
NASA Mars Rover Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
PASADENA, California. (August 22, 2012)
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.
Making its first movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity’s drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments. This placed the rover roughly 20 feet (6 meters) from the spot where it landed 16 days ago.
NASA has approved the Curiosity science team’s choice to name the landing ground for Ray, who was born 92 years ago today and died this year. The location where Curiosity touched down is now called Bradbury Landing.
“This was not a difficult choice for the science team,” said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. “Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired in our lives by stories Ray Bradbury wrote to dream of the possibility of life on Mars.”
1944 Retro Hugo Awards Announced
DUBLIN, Ireland. (Aug. 16, 2019)
At a ceremony on the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, the winners of the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced. We’re delighted to announce that the award for the best short story went to Ray Bradbury for “King of the Gray Spaces” (later retitled “R Is for Rocket”) from his collection Famous Fantastic Mysteries, published in December 1943.
Bradbury would have been pleased at the company he kept in these retrospective awards. Best novella was won by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for The Little Prince, and best long-form dramatic presentation went to the original movie Heaven Can Wait, written by Samson Raphaelson and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Bradbury would also have been delighted and amused to learn that he’s still winning awards seven years after his passing. But then, he always did believe writing was a way to live forever.
Bios and photos
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In a career that spanned more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) inspired generations of readers in a wide variety of genres to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of more than four hundred published short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, plays, operas, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury is one of the most widely translated authors in the world and one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His enduring novels, novelized story cycles, and story collections include The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, The Golden Apples of the Sun, Fahrenheit 451, The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His stories appeared in the annual O. Henry Prize anthologies in two consecutive years and continue to appear in hundreds of textbooks for new generations of readers.
The worlds of film and television acknowledged Bradbury’s mastery of storytelling as well. Numerous feature films were based on his work, including It Came from Outer Space, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, A Sound of Thunder, and The Illustrated Man, starring Rod Steiger. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston’s Moby Dick, and the Academy Award–nominated 1962 animated short film Icarus Montgolfier Wright, based on his short story. Bradbury won an Emmy for his 1993 screenplay for the TV animated feature film The Halloween Tree, based on his novel. The author also adapted sixty-five of his stories for the series The Ray Bradbury Theater, which garnered numerous awards for the production team. In addition, Bradbury’s stories were adapted for the popular series The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
In a career that spanned more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) inspired generations of readers in a wide variety of genres to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of more than four hundred published short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, plays, operas, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His enduring novels, novelized story cycles, and story collections include The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953), Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The October Country (1955), Dandelion Wine (1957), A Medicine for Melancholy (1959), and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962).
His many subsequent books include a juvenile fantasy, The Halloween Tree (1972); the detective novel trilogy, Death Is a Lonely Business (1985), A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990), and Let’s All Kill Constance (2003); his essay collection on creativity, Zen in the Art of Writing (1989); his roman-à-clef based on his work in Ireland with John Huston, entitled Green Shadows, White Whale (1992); the supernatural From the Dust Returned (2001); a collection of his poetry, They Have Not Seen the Stars (2001); Farewell Summer (2006), the nostalgic sequel to Dandelion Wine; and nine short story collections spanning the final five decades of his life. Two hundred of his best short stories were published in two one-hundred story collections, The Stories of Ray Bradbury (1980) and Bradbury Stories (2003). Bradbury’s stories have earned individual honors in two O. Henry Prize anthologies and four Best American Short Stories volumes and continue to appear in hundreds of textbooks for new generations of readers. He has become one of the most widely translated authors in many languages throughout the world.
Not surprisingly, Ray Bradbury’s gifts as a very visual master storyteller quickly extended into the world of film and television adaptation. He wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s classic 1956 film adaptation of Moby Dick, and his success with this challenging movie project opened many doors in Hollywood. He was nominated for a 1962 Academy Award, and he won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree in 1993. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, and his production team won numerous awards for this series. Bradbury stories were adapted for Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Feature films based on Bradbury’s work include It Came from Outer Space (1953), The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), Fahrenheit 451 (1966 and 2018), The Illustrated Man (1969), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983), The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998), and A Sound of Thunder (2005).
Through his stories, books, articles, and countless lectures, Ray Bradbury was one of the most prominent visionaries and inspirational figures of the Space Age. His dreams became the dreams of astronomers, astronauts, planetary scientists, and mainstream readers of all ages. His Space-Age honors and recognitions include the “Dandelion” moon crater, named by the Apollo 15 crew in 1971; an asteroid designated “9766 Bradbury”; rocks on Mars named “The Martian Chronicles” by the Spirit and Opportunity Martian rover scientific teams; and the digital copy of The Martian Chronicles carried aboard the Phoenix lander to the high northern latitudes of Mars. One of the deepest chasms of the Martian Grand Canyon, Valles Marineris, has been unofficially named the “Bradbury Abyss”.
Ray Bradbury’s Earth-bound awards are no less meaningful. They include the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the SFWA Grand Master Award, and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2000 he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Four years later, he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. Bradbury’s 2007 Pulitzer Prize citation recognized his “prolific and deeply influential” career.
Ray Bradbury learned the writer’s craft in Los Angeles, and forged a special creative bond with the city and its international culture that spanned his long career as a master storyteller. He also maintained strong creative ties to the memories of his small-town Midwestern childhood in Waukegan, Illinois. Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount his Waukegan adventure with a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his energy-charged sword, and commanded, “Live Forever!” Bradbury later said, “I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”
To conduct more research on Bradbury, visit these trusted sources.
Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
The mission of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is to fully document, preserve, and provide public access to its large and diverse collection of Space-Age visionary author Ray Bradbury’s manuscripts, personal office, working library, correspondence, and a lifetime of his awards and mementos. The Center is a national archive located within Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI).
Bradburymedia catalogues and reviews Ray Bradbury’s works in film, television, radio, and other media. It is the personal website of Dr. Phil Nichols of the University of Wolverhampton, who is an advisor to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
For additional information relating to the Ray Bradbury Centennial and associated events, please email WS Productions, Inc. who is the advisor to the Ray Bradbury Literary Works, LLC.