Conversations with Ray Bradbury

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This collection of interviews captures the imagination of the writer widely regarded as "the granddaddy of science fiction." However, Ray Bradbury considers Fahrenheit 451 to be his only science-fiction novel and his others, including The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man, to be more fantasy and horror than science fiction.

Bradbury, born in 1920, began reading voraciously quite early. He enjoyed the pulp magazine Amazing Stories when ...

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Overview


This collection of interviews captures the imagination of the writer widely regarded as "the granddaddy of science fiction." However, Ray Bradbury considers Fahrenheit 451 to be his only science-fiction novel and his others, including The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Illustrated Man, to be more fantasy and horror than science fiction.

Bradbury, born in 1920, began reading voraciously quite early. He enjoyed the pulp magazine Amazing Stories when it first appeared. He came to maturity just before World War II, when Nazis were firing V-1 and V-2 rockets at Britain, and began writing fiction as the space age was coming to full stride. In addition to having a moon crater named in his honor, he has received science fiction's Nebula Grandmaster Award for his lifetime achievements and in 2000 the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

"The writer's vocabulary need not be extensive," Bradbury says. "He shouldn't throw unusual words at the reader, but I do believe in using the right word. The reader should be given something more than the basic meaning by the use of words that are dynamic and colorful, that provide pictures for the reader."

Since 1941, when Super Science Stories bought his first story, Bradbury has written and published hundreds of short stories, as well as novels, essays, dramas, operas, teleplays, poems, and screenplays. His film work in Ireland crafting the screenplay for John Huston's Moby-Dick in 1954 established Bradbury as a fixture in Hollywood. Versions of his works have been shown on all the major networks, and USA Network produced sixty-five of his teleplays for The Ray Bradbury Theater.

During his career Bradbury has given more than 300 interviews. The selection included in this volume begins in 1948, spans more than five decades, and charts Bradbury's long creative life.

A recent Ph.D. graduate from Florida State University, Steven Aggelis teaches at Tallahassee Community College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066414
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/4/2004
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 969,620
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

The market is not the story : an interview with Ray Bradbury 3
Sum and substance : with Ray Bradbury and Herman Harvey 8
A portrait of genius : Ray Bradbury Show 17
Ray Bradbury : Cassandra on a bicycle 31
An interview with Ray Bradbury 39
Ray Bradbury : on Hitchcock and other magic of the screen 54
Ray Bradbury : space age moralist 80
The Bradbury chronicles 85
It's up, on, and away 100
Ray Bradbury : the science of science fiction 107
Ray Bradbury : an interview 112
The romance of places : an interview with Ray Bradbury 122
Interview with Ray Bradbury 139
A few words with Ray Bradbury : the "Fahrenheit" chronicles - it did happen here 145
Bradbury talk likely to feature the unexpected 147
Playboy interview : Ray Bradbury 150
Science-fiction supernova 170
An interview with master storyteller Ray Bradbury 175
Ray Bradbury 184
Future tense Sci-Fi legend Bradbury going strong 191
Conversation with Ray Bradbury 194
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