The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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One of the most popular American writers of the twentieth century, Ray Bradbury has thrilled generations of readers with his imaginative tales of fantasy and science fiction. This unique collection brings together three of his best-loved books.
 
The Martian Chronicles is the history of Earth's brief colonization of the red planet, Mars. As humans set up home in the ruins of the extinct Martian civilization, they try to remake ...
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Overview

One of the most popular American writers of the twentieth century, Ray Bradbury has thrilled generations of readers with his imaginative tales of fantasy and science fiction. This unique collection brings together three of his best-loved books.
 
The Martian Chronicles is the history of Earth's brief colonization of the red planet, Mars. As humans set up home in the ruins of the extinct Martian civilization, they try to remake themselves as the new Martian race. But even as they expose themselves to artifacts of the Martian culture and way of life, ingrained human habits and prejudices assert themselves, impeding assimilation and ensuring a repeat of both the triumphs and the follies of civilization on Earth.
 
The Illustrated Man tells of a carnival sideshow attraction whose tattooed body is an animated kaleidoscope of  cautionary tales and extraordinary experiences. Let your gaze linger on his extravagantly illuminated skin, and soon you will see images come to life to relate their accounts of children who project their imaginations into reality, time travelers from the future hiding in our present, spacefarers driven mad on a planet of endless rainstorms, simulacra who replace their human counterparts, alien invaders from another dimension, and much more.
 
The Golden Apples of the Sun is one of Bradbury's most celebrated collections of short fiction, featuring many tales, both of fantasy and non-fantasy, acknowledged as modern American classics: "The Sound of Thunder," which tells of the hazards that time travel to the ancient past creates for the present; "The Pedestrian," about a future where citizens who don't conform to society's rituals are suspects; "The Fog Horn," about the curious relationship that develops between a lighthouse and a creature from the deep that its fog horn summons; "The Big Black and White Game," about the tensions that develop during a simple baseball game that pits small-town gentry against their hired help. 
 
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man/The Golden Apples of the Sun is a deluxe collection of timeless tales that will appeal to readers of all ages and tastes. This exquisite collectible edition features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, colorful endpapers, and distinctive gilt edging. It's the perfect gift for book-lovers and an artful addition to any home library.
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At ninety, Ray Bradbury ranks as the dean and grand eminence of science fiction. This giant omnibus volume collects three major works by this genre titan: The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and The Golden Apples of the Sun. It would be nearly impossible to identify three works more central to sci-fi than this trio.

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Meet the Author

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
A veteran sci-fi author with side talents for poetry, plays and screenwriting, Ray Bradbury has had a long career of provoking thought and a compelling uneasiness in generations of readers. But rather than create worlds made for escape, Bradbury refracts our own foibles through otherworldly prisms.

Biography

Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than 500 published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.

Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books -- The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes -- are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.

Ray Bradbury's work has been included in several Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along."

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In our exclusive interview with Bradbury, he shared some fascinating facts with us:

"I spent three years standing on a street corner, selling newspapers, making ten dollars a week. I did that job every day for three hours and the rest of the time I wrote because I was in love with writing. The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

"I have been inspired by libraries and the magic they contain and the people that they represent."

"I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them -- one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
      Ray Bradbury
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    a book for everyone

    Bradbury is sort of a literary anomaly. He's a writer nearly everyone's heard of, and yet when discussions about great names in American fiction come up, he's not mentioned. I think because we associate him with Sci-Fi (he himself didn't like to be called a sci-fi author) we assume it's necessary to downplay his role in literature, and not place him in the same category as F. Scott Fitzgerald or Hemingway, even though many of his stories are better than many of theirs. The Martian Chronicles is his best book, without a doubt. It's a book that openly expresses guilt over the toll American imperialism (and colionalism in general) took on the world. Many of the stories resemble the misfortunes native Americans underwent when America pressed west. The Golden Apples of the Sun is a good collection of stories--very fun and lighter in tone than the Martian Chronicles. It's a good book especially for young readers. I read it in junior high and can still remember many of the stories.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Ray Bradbury novels

    A great volume of the 3 major Bradbury novels. Sincw I have all of his stories this will complete the collection. The hardback volume put out by Barnes and Noble and Harper Collins as one of the Leatherbound Classics is an excellect value. Recommended reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Flawless and beautiful book. If you're considering ordering this

    Flawless and beautiful book. If you're considering ordering this book, I urge you to go ahead and do so!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    A GLORIOUS VOLUME This is everything you want it to be and beaut

    A GLORIOUS VOLUME
    This is everything you want it to be and beautiful on top of it. That's my review, but I also want to say that many people seem to think that Ray wrote A Sound of Thunder picking up on the idea of the Butterfly Effect. No, it's the other way around. The concept  came from Ray and originated in this story. He is more than entitled to the credit. .

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

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    Ray Bradbury! This man has heart when it comes to writing storie

    Ray Bradbury! This man has heart when it comes to writing stories. He just pours every drop of energy and care into his works and I love him for it. Fahrenheit 451 was the first book of his I read back in 7th grade and I had just recently written a research paper on it. Characters breath this other life for him that transcend so well in his prose. In relation to the foibles of a society, there's definitely a level of ignorance and control that reflect our own time and any time before or after. To say Bradbury is a writer of prediction is selling him short. He embodies the social and soulful aspects of people and deals with their purposes in life. Ray Bradbury reminds us that the human condition is to find that purpose and to instill good tidings among fellow man. He is also a man of hope and optimism for the future more so than his apprehension of it (which he so openly discusses whole-heartedly in conventions and interviews I've heard). Read anything by Ray Bradbury and you'll find something to think about and relate to.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Beautiful

    This book is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Gorgeous Quality and a wonderful read

    Wonderful read and a beautiful collection in a great book!

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly reccommended

    The book is great, even more than expected!

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