Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview: And other Conversations

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview: And other Conversations

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by Ray Bradbury, Sam Weller
     
 

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Ray Bradbury was long the most influential sci-fi writer in the world, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man

But he also lived a fascinating life outside the parameters of sci-fi, and was a masterful raconteur of his own story, as he reveals in

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Ray Bradbury was long the most influential sci-fi writer in the world, the poetic and visionary author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man

But he also lived a fascinating life outside the parameters of sci-fi, and was a masterful raconteur of his own story, as he reveals in his wide-ranging and in-depth final interview with his acclaimed biographer, Sam Weller. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an inveterate fanboy of movie stars, spending hours waiting at studio gates to get autographs. He would later get to know many of Hollywood’s most powerful figures when he became a major screenwriter, and he details here what it was like to work for legendary directors such as John Huston and Alfred Hitchcock. And then there are all the celebrities—from heads of state like Mikhail Gorbachev to rock stars like David Bowie and the members of Kiss—who went out of their way to arrange encounters with Bradbury.

But throughout that last talk, as well as the interviews collected here from earlier in his career, Bradbury constantly twists the elements of his life into a discussion of the influences and creative processes behind his remarkable developments and inventions for the literary form he mastered. Mixed with cheerful gossiping about his travels and the characters of his life, it makes for a rich reading experience and a revealing collection of interviews.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The Bradbury edition benefits from the author’s warm rapport with his biographer, Sam Weller... In their discussions [Bradbury] remains full of passion."
New Yorker, Books to Watch Out For

Praise for Ray Bradbury:

“He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career . . . In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal.”
Steven Spielberg

“Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.”
The New York Times

“One of this country’s most beloved writers . . . A great storyteller, sometimes even a mythmaker, a true American classic.”
The Washington Post

“The uncrowned poet laureate of science fiction.”
The Times

“Ray Bradbury has a powerful and mysterious imagination which would undoubtedly earn the respect of Edgar Allen Poe.”
The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612194219
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
12/02/2014
Series:
Last Interview Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,150,957
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

RAY BRADBURY (1920–2012) was for decades the world’s most preeminent author of science fiction and fantasy, acclaimed for such renowned titles as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. He began writing quite young, selling jokes to radio comedian George Burns when he was 14, and publishing his first short story—to Imagination magazine—when he was 18. He would go on to write not only seminal sci-fi, but numerous other kinds of books, as well as numerous television and movie screenplays, such as for TV’s Twilight Zone and John Huston’s Moby Dick. When he died in 2012, President Obama said, “His gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.”

Editor SAM WELLER is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, and has lectured across the United States on the life and work of Bradbury. Weller is a professor in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1920
Place of Birth:
Waukegan, Illinois
Education:
Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
Website:
http://www.raybradbury.com

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AndrewBW More than 1 year ago
"Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview" is a poignant work. If you are a Bradbury fan, and think that you have heard everything there is to hear about Bradbury from Bradbury - think again and read this book. Through transcripts of q and a sessions from his Comic-Con appearances with author/editor/official biographer Sam Weller, and interviews by and essays dictated to Weller, we are treated to the beautiful, final insights and reflections of Ray Bradbury at the end of his 91-year life and 74-year creative career. In some passages fun and grin-inducing, in some passages inspiring and thought-provoking, and in some passages profound and tear-welling we feel as if we are the ones Ray is speaking to personally. Writing. Life. Death. Passion. Bo Derek. Weller probes deep, and we are treated to Bradbury introspecting and realizing things about himself and his own work and sharing them with us in the magic moment. It reads like the best Bradbury stories which, I suppose, goes without saying as they are his words - but there is something special about it. Case in point - The passages in which he discusses his grandfather are like having a final glass of Dandelion Wine that, with great joy, you just discovered was still in the the bottle. This book belongs on your shelf, in your hands, and in your mind and heart.