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Bradbury’s Galaxy magazine stories available on the Internet Archive

Sept 16, 2020

356 issues of Galaxy, one of the most prestigious science fiction magazines of the 1950s, can be found online in the Internet Archive. Ray Bradbury’s early version of Fahrenheit 451, “The Fireman,” published in the February 1951 issue, and his 1962 short story,  “Come to my Cellar” are just two of the gems to be discovered alongside the works of Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl and many others. It’s not surprising  that Bradbury’s work ended up in Galaxy. Editor H.L. Gold  hoped to develop a new science fiction audience by publishing stories that focused on ideas and employed a humorous or satiric treatment of psychological and sociological themes.

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Ray Bradbury’s speech at the 1986 World Science Fiction Convention now available online

September 14, 2020

Anyone who reads Ray Bradbury experiences the result of the boundless enthusiasm and love the man poured into his writing. That same excitement and generosity of spirit shone through in person. In August, 1986 he regaled the audience at the 44th ConFederation (Worldcon) in Atlanta, Georgia with stories of his career–how he pursued the loves of his life, whether it was space, dinosaurs, or enduring friendships with those whose hearts were as wide and deep as his own. If you have only read Bradbury, watch and listen to the man behind the typewriter for a better appreciation of the passion that drove him to share the life he experienced, the worlds he imagined, and the futures he hoped he could inspire others to create for themselves and the universe.

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Bradbury’s classic horror story “The Screaming Woman” adapted for graphic anthology

September 11, 2020

Richard Chizmar and Legion of Superheroes’ artist Dennis Calero have translated  Ray Bradbury’s “The Screaming Woman” into a graphic story for Chizmar’s anthology Seasons of Terror.  Bradbury’s tale of a young girl, whose insistence that mysterious screams are coming from the woods near her house is dismissed by her parents, has a long history of adaptations. It debuted as a 1948 radio play for Suspense before it became a short story in Today, was anthologized in S is for Space in 1966, and then adapted for Ray Bradbury Theatre in 1986.  Chizmar, who hopes to engage a new generation of readers with classic horror, has paired Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Robert McCammon with different illustrators to create a unique visual take for each of the four comics included in the anthology.
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National Air and Space Museum geologist recalls inspiration from The Martian Chronicles

September 10, 2020

Ray Bradbury fans can be found in many places: libraries, English classrooms, science fiction conventions, and, of course, NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Dr. John Grant, a geologist with the Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies who has worked on the Curiosity Laboratory, the Mars 2020 rover and the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, first discovered the red planet when he read Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.

In his remembrance of Ray Bradbury’s influence, Grant recalls how reading stories of ancient Martian civilizations at the same time the Mariner 9 and Viking missions were actually reaching Mars inspired an interest in planetary geology that took him from imagining Martian craters as he played outside to working on missions that land exploratory vehicles in the real thing.

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South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge pens poem honoring Bradbury

September 10, 2020

South Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron Koertge has written a poem to accompany the stained glass window installation planned for the Bradbury Conference Room of the South Pasadena Public Library. With “In Memoriam,” Koerte recalls the advice the author once offered over a cup of coffee after a long day of conference presentations: “Mess around after you get your work done,” Bradbury suggested. 

Koertge’s poem and the stained glass window designed by Tim Carey Studios are just two ways the library continues to honor Ray Bradbury. They also hold a significant collection of memorabilia and photographs related to the author, who frequented so many of the libraries near his home in Cheviot Hills.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards now accepting submissions for The Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy

September 1, 2020

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, is now accepting submissions from students across the country in grades 7–12 for the inaugural Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy. 

The award is sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation in recognition of  the author’s dedication to encouraging young writers to explore their craft. Up to six students will receive $1,000 scholarships for writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. Their educators will receive $250.

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NPR Marks the Centennial of Ray Bradbury’s Birth

August 31, 2020

Authors Marjorie Liu and Mary Robinette Kowal spell out the eternal messages in Ray Bradbury’s stories and discuss his influence on their own writing with Petra Mayer on Morning Edition. For Liu, who recently completed a reading for the Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon of Fahrenheit 451, now streaming online, the genius of his science fiction is that it captures what it means to be human, no matter the time or space.

Mary Robinette Kowal believes Bradbury’s brilliance comes from an ability to make the stories that draw on his small town childhood reveal the truth about a larger world. “He’s writing his own very specific experience. But I think sometimes the more specific you are, the more universal themes can come out of something,” Kowal notes.  The authors diverge on the most essential Bradbury, however. Kowal recommends  the classic story of book burning and authoritarianism,  Fahrenheit 451, while Liu prefers Something Wicked This Way Comes, a tale about how the love of a young boy destroys a carnival of evil threatening his town and family.

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The Anne Farr Hardin Ray Bradbury Collection, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina, Columbia

University of South Carolina acquires extensive Bradbury collection from author’s long-time friend, Anne Farr Hardin

August 30, 2020

Ray Bradbury had a knack for making friends with people who, like himself, pursued their passions with enthusiasm. In honor of Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday, Dr. Anne Farr Hardin, the author’s longtime friend and an avid Bradbury collector, has gifted the University of South Carolina Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections with her extraordinary collection of Bradbury books, fanzines, magazines, personal correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. Many items were presents from Bradbury, while others are rare items that Hardin, a fan as well as a friend, picked up during trips and conferences, or located in unexpected places across the country. As Hardin explained in interviews with Michael Weisenburg at the Irvin Department of Rare Books & Special Collections, she was on a mission to tell the story of Bradbury’s development as a writer by locating the pieces he published in fanzines, pulps, and slick magazines; writings often ignored or thought lost to history–until now.

A virtual exhibit, Ray Bradbury Now and Forever: The Anne Farr Hardin Collection, showcases selections from this extraordinary acquisition until physical exhibitions resume. The Anne Farr Hardin Collection is also accessible to visiting researchers by appointment with the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

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KCRW Radio remembers Bradbury’s influence on the Los Angeles community

August 28, 2020

Ray Bradbury moved to Los Angeles when he was 14, and although he is most often remembered for his expansive body of literary work, his desire to recreate the best aspects of small town life on a grander scale, detailed in a 1970 LA Times article, left an indelible mark on Los Angeles’  architecture and  urban development. In this episode of public radio station KCRW‘s Greater LA, host Steve Chiotakis commemorates the 100th birthday of the famous Angeleno with colleagues Frances Anderton of  the weekly broadcast DnA: Design and Architecture, and KCRW host and librarian Eric Lawrence.

Atherton’s stories of Bradbury’s collaboration with noted architect Jon Jerde and other developers in Hollywood reveal how Bradbury made some of his visions for a better future a reality.

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Historian Ty Rohrer to speak on Ray Bradbury and his Waukegan influences

August 27, 2020

Interested in what influenced a young Ray Bradbury? Join historian Ty Rohrer on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm CDT for a virtual presentation hosted by the Woodbridge Public Library.  Rohrer, director of the Waukegan History Museum in Bradbury’s hometown, will illustrate this free Zoom lecture with photographs selected from the Historical Society’s rich collection. The event is free, but registration is required.

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Mary Frampton. Los Angeles Times. July 20, 1964. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives (Collection 1429). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Zócalo Public Square, Fowler Museum at UCLA, & ZYZZYVA host discussion: “Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?”

August 27, 2020

Ray Bradbury never lost the abiding curiosity about humanity’s future on earth and in space that began when he was a child reading Flash Gordon comics and the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. On August 27, Zócalo Public Square, Fowler Museum at UCLA, and ZYZZYVA will bring together author Lilliam Rivera, Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination professor Michael Bennett,  and Jonathan R. Eller, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University for a virtual discussion. The panel will discuss the lessons Bradbury’s work offers about a present that has surprising and sometimes sobering similarities to the futures he imagined in his fiction. Oscar Villalon, managing editor at ZYZZYVA, moderates.  ZYZZYVA will be publishing  “The Pedestrian,” the 1951 short story inspired by the same late night encounter with police that grew into Fahrenheit 451, in their fall issue.

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Celebrate Bradbury’s 100th birthday by watching the Fahrenheit 451 Read‑A‑Thon

August 22, 2020 - September 5, 2020

The Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon of Fahrenheit 451 premiers Saturday, August 22 at 4:30pm EDT, on what would have been Bradbury’s 100th birthday. Celebrate with people across the world as you watch librarians, authors,  actors, and students read the story that has captured the imagination of generations who find a timeless message in this cautionary and uplifting tale from one of the most celebrated storytellers of our time.

Bookended by the opening and closing readings from Neil Gaiman and William Shatner, the special includes commentary by Ann Druyan, director and co-author of Cosmos, an afterword by Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book, and a special appearance and reading by former NASA astronaut and administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Available to stream from 4:30pm EDT, August 22 until midnight, September 5, 2020.

John Scalzi writes about meeting the “wizard” Ray Bradbury

August 22, 2020

John Scalzi, science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, offers his remembrance of how Bradbury’s stories and his magical use of language  helped him understand what it was to be a writer or, as his twelve year old self saw it, a wizard of words. In honor of what would have been Bradbury’s 100th birthday, Scalzi celebrates Bradbury’s power to awaken the emotions with words that “have weight and rhythm and pace and form.”

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Virtual “Ray Bradbury and the Future of Speculative Fiction” event hosted by Pratt Library, August 19

August 19, 2020

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will celebrate the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth with a program of readings and discussion moderated by author Sarah Pinsker on Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm EDT. This virtual program brings together Bradbury biographer and science fiction writer Sam Weller; authors Justina Ireland and Michael Swanwick; and the presenter of the podcast Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups, Seattle Librarian David Wright.

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Rolling Stone promotes Fahrenheit 451 Read-A-Thon with William Shatner, Neil Gaiman, Susan Orlean and Others

Rolling Stone recommends tuning in to the Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon on Saturday, August 22 at 4:30pm EDT to watch a diverse group of people–from Neil Gaiman, William Shatner, Marjorie Liu and Susan Orlean, to your local librarian or high school student–read the entirety of Ray Bradbury’s beloved Fahrenheit 451. Reporter Daniel Kreps notes that reading Fahrenheit 451, a story about the importance of books, is an especially appropriate way to celebrate what would have been Bradbury’s 100th birthday. Bradbury felt libraries had been a gift to him throughout his life, saying, “I’m completely library-educated. Libraries are absolutely at the center of my life.”

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“Ray Bradbury, A Master of Science Fiction” on BBC Radio’s The Forum

August 13, 2020

The Forum, BBC’s flagship radio program of discussion and commentary, celebrates the centenary of Ray Bradbury’s birth with the program “Ray Bradbury, a Master of Science Fiction.” Award winning broadcaster and writer Rajan Datar moderates a thoughtful and informed exploration of Bradbury’s varied and voluminous body of work with a panel of Bradbury scholars: Jonathan Eller, Chancellor’s Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University; Miranda Corcoran, specialist in science fiction and the gothic at University College Cork; and Phil Nichols, who focuses on Bradbury, media, and film production at Wolverhampton University. You can listen to the program by clicking on the “Listen” button below.

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“I, Rocket” awarded Retro-Hugo for best short story

July 30, 2020

Jason Aukerman, managing director of the Center for Bradbury Studies, accepted the 1945 Retro-Hugo award for Ray Bradbury’s “I, Rocket” at the virtual CoNZealand WorldCon convention. The Retro-Hugo honors works published in years when no Hugo awards were awarded. In 2019, Bradbury’s “King of the Gray Spaces” from R is for Rocket received the 1944 Retro-Hugo for best short story.

Published in 1944, “I, Rocket” was Bradbury’s first sale to the iconic science fiction magazine Amazing Stories. Narrated by the rocket itself as it lies alone and broken on some distant planet after a lifetime of service, “I, Rocket” offers an uplifting story of the love of work and others. Surprisingly,  this award-winning story was not anthologized in Bradbury’s own collections but it can be found in Amazing Science Fiction Anthology: The War Years 1936-45.

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I Saw it at Ray’s House, virtual exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery opens August 1

July 30, 2020

Artist Elizabeth Nahum-Albright’s exhibit of over 70 photographs, I Saw it at Ray’s House, will open online August 1 at sohophoto.com. Nahum-Albright knew Bradbury from the time she was a child: her father, Donn Albright, was Bradbury’s close friend, editor, and bibliographer. That personal connection gives her a unique visual perspective on the author’s relationship to both the house he lived in for over 50 years and the treasures he collected and looked to for inspiration. Nahum-Albright’s unique exhibition includes photos taken of the house when Bradbury lived there as well as bittersweet photos of items being packed up and shipped to their new home at the Center for Bradbury Studies.

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Killer, Come Back to Me, new collection of Bradbury crime fiction, available for pre-order

July 28, 2020

In Killer, Come back to Me, Hard Case Crime brings together twenty of Ray Bradbury’s finest works of crime fiction, including “The Small Assassin,” “The Whole Town’s Sleeping,” and the title story–Bradbury’s first published mystery. A joy to look at as well as read, this collectible first edition from Penguin Random House features original cover art from a painting by Paul Mann and eleven never-before-published illustrations by Robert Gale and Deena So’Oteh. Pre-order Killer, Come Back to Me now for an August 18th release, just in time for Ray Bradbury’s 100th birthday on August 22nd!
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Phil Nichols launches Bradbury 100 podcast

July 25, 2020

The Bradbury 100 podcast launches July 25th!  Each episode will delight fans and scholars alike as Phil Nichols, a film and literature specialist with a focus on Ray Bradbury, engages with a different aspect of the celebrated author’s work and interviews people Bradbury inspired. Listeners can expect to discover new perspectives on forgotten works and little known details about the last century of Bradbury as they prepare for the next. Check out  Nichols’ website, bradburymedia.co.uk, for even more information about all things Bradbury and media.

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Comic-Con Souvenir Book celebrates Ray Bradbury Centennial

July 23, 2020

The 2020 San Diego Comic-Con souvenir book typically handed out at the physical convention is now available to download as a PDF! The book honors Bradbury during the centennial of his birth with a stunning cover designed by internationally acclaimed artist William Stout, whose paleontological art previously graced Bradbury’s 1983 short story collection Dinosaur Tales. Inside, over 30 pages explore the Bradbury legacy, including essays by Jonathan Eller, whose Bradbury Beyond Apollo is now available for pre-order, and Phil Nichols, whose Bradbury 100 podcast debuts Saturday, July 25.

The 2020 San Diego Comic-Con celebration will open online on at 9:00 am PDT on Wednesday, July 22 and, unlike the events in years past, this one is FREE, with over 350 panels and programs and the 2020 Eisner Awards hosted on YouTube, 700 online exhibitors, Amazon Virtual-Con, cosplay, and more! Information on how to get your souvenir books and plan for Comic-Con is available here.
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South Pasadena Library Will Honor Ray Bradbury with Stained Glass Windows

July 13, 2020

South Pasadena glass artist Tim Carey has teamed with Judson Studios to create a stunning set of stained glass windows for the South Pasadena Public Library conference room named for beloved author and longtime library supporter Ray Bradbury. The windows of the Bradbury Conference Room will depict scenes from Fahrenheit 451, The Halloween Tree, The Martian Chronicles and other classic Bradbury tales.

Those interested in helping the library meet their $24,000 project goal are invited to contribute to the Friends of the Library.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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 Fahrenheit 451 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

Contributing Libraries and Institutions: 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 Libraries (Texas), Des Moines Public Library and Library Foundation (Iowa), 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), and the Waukegan Park District and Library (Illinois)

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.
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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.”

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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.

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Fahrenheit 451 Recommended as
Essential Reading

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.

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Neil Gaiman and Sam Weller at Big Book Weekend festival

May 9, 2020
12:00 noon British Summer Time / 7:00am Eastern Daylight Time

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.

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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.

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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.

1945 Retro Hugo Awards Nominees Announced

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.

“Ray Bradbury Understood the Narrative Power of Tattoos” by Anna Felicity Friedman

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.

Bradbury 100 at Caltech

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 Times Book Prizes

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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Short Biography

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.

 

Long Biography

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.”

Other resources

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

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.

Centennial information

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