Frank Baum, which his mother, the former Esther Moberg, read to him. He discovered the science fiction pulps and began collecting the comic-strip adventures of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The impetus to become a writer was supplied by a carnival magician named Mr. Electrico, who engaged the boy, then 12, in a conversation that touched on immortality.
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In young Ray, his parents and his older brother, Leonard, moved to Los Angeles. Another brother and a sister had died young. Ray became a movie buff, sneaking into theaters as often as nine times a week by his count. Encouraged by a high school English teacher and the professional writers he met at the Los Angeles chapter of the Science Fiction League, he began an enduring routine of turning out at least a thousand words a day on his typewriter.
The story, plucked from the pile of unsolicited manuscripts at Mademoiselle by a young editor named Truman Capote , earned Mr. Bradbury an O. Henry Award as one of the best American short stories of the year. Bradbury focused on science fiction.
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While science fiction purists complained about Mr. The novelist Christopher Isherwood greeted Mr. The patchwork narrative spans the years to , depicting a series of expeditions to Mars and their aftermath. The native Martians, who can read minds, resist the early arrivals from Earth, but are finally no match for them and their advanced technology as the humans proceed to destroy the remains of an ancient civilization. Parallels to the fate of American Indian cultures are pushed to the point of parody; the Martians are finally wiped out by an epidemic of chickenpox. When nuclear war destroys Earth, the descendants of the human colonists realize that they have become the Martians, with a second chance to create a just society.
An indictment of authoritarianism, it portrays a book-burning America of the near future, its central character a so-called fireman, whose job is to light the bonfires. The title refers to the temperature at which paper ignites. As Mr. While Mr.
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Bradbury championed the space program as an adventure that humanity dared not shirk, he was content to restrict his own adventures to the realm of imagination. He lived in the same house in Los Angeles for more than 5o years, rearing four daughters with his wife, Marguerite, who died in For many years he refused to travel by plane, preferring trains, and he never learned to drive.
In , President George W. Bush and the first lady, Laura Bush , presented Mr. Bradbury with the National Medal of Arts. Though the sedentary writing life appealed to him most, he was not reclusive. He developed a flair for public speaking and was widely sought after on the national lecture circuit.
There he talked about his struggle to reconcile his mixed feelings about modern life, a theme that animated much of his fiction and won him a large and sympathetic audience. And he talked about the future, perhaps his favorite subject, describing how it both attracted and repelled him, leaving him filled with apprehension and hope. Tell us what you think. Please upgrade your browser.
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