For more than sixty years, the imagination of Ray Bradbury has opened doors into remarkable places, ushering us across unexplored territories of the heart and mind while leading us inexorably toward a profound understanding of ourselves and the universe we inhabit. In this landmark volume, America's preeminent storyteller offers us one hundred treasures from a lifetime of words and ideas. The stories within these pages were chosen by Bradbury himself, and span a career that blossomed in the pulp magazines of the early 1940s and continues to flourish in the new millennium. Here are representatives of the legendary author's finest works of short fiction, including many that have not been republished for decades, all forever fresh and vital, evocative and immensely entertaining.
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About the Author
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting 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 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."
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
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100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
The Whole Town's Sleeping
He was trying to drive me insane. It was the only reason I could think of for why he treated me the way he did: one day all beery and friendly, him and Isaac working together on fixing up my room, letting me sit and listen in on their jam session; then the next morning a maniac again, telling me hands off the stereo and his stupid tools, assigning me chapters in some prehistoric cowboy book I'd never heard of, like I'd landed in remedial reading in summer school. I should have just stayed in Dallas and taken my chances. I should have sat down in the middle of the driveway and refused to get in the car with Ma. Nothing could be worse than this. Except, maybe, one thing; now, all of a sudden, Lucy was in on it, too. When she snatched that Pop-Tart out of my hand I just about died. I know she was just trying to keep me from asking about stuff that was none of my business, but still. I felt stabbed, like she'd all of a sudden switched sides and lined herself up with the devil.
I ran out the door with Dad hollering my name, but he didn't keep it up or come after me, which only proved my point, that he cared more about exerting his brand-new parental supremacy than he did about the actual welfare of me, his daughter. I kept on going, across the road and into the woods, the dogs at my heels.
When I was sure no one was following me, I sat down on a stump and listened. I realized I was close enough to the house to hear what was going on. Sure enough, not two minutes after I left, Dad's truck started up and drove away, and about ten minutes later Lucy's Buick did the same. It was the first time I'd been alone since I'd landed in Mooney, almost a whole week before. I got a little chill of excitement. I could do whatever I wanted. I had no money, no car; to tell the truth, I didn't know how to drive. But I was on my own.
It was nice there, in the woods. I slipped off my headphones and put my Walkman in the pocket of my sweatshirt. High over my head the trees made a canopy of sweet-smelling green, and the ground under my feet was soft with crushed pine needles, and after awhile I could make out the sounds of three or four different birds. The dogs had gotten on the scent of something and started running in circles, then all of a sudden dashed deeper into the woods. I decided to go after them.
I lost sight of them pretty quick, but I could hear them moving around in the underbrush, and I kept going until I came out in a little clearing. I poked around and found the remains of an old building: crumbling steps, a couple of blackened cornerstones, the charred-out hulk of a pot-bellied stove. Everything else, it looked like, the woods had reclaimed.
Then, just beyond the ruined foundation, I discovered an old graveyard. It wasn't much more, really, than a patch of ground, set off by a border of broad, flat stones, but the space inside had been neatly cleared, and the markers, though they looked ancient, were upright and mostly legible. I walked slowly among the stones and read the names and the dates out loud. Eustice Washington had died in 1927, at the age of a hundred and two. Alvin Getty, born 1912, had only lived four days. The most recent stone was 1943, two whole generations ago. There was no question it was a place for spirits, but I felt welcome there. They probably didn't get that many visitors; I figured they were glad to see me.
I sat down on the stone border and looked around. It was a pretty place, with a slash of blue sky overhead and the clean scent of pine all around, and I listened to the dogs and the birds and the wind in the trees until I realized that my heart had stopped pounding and I didn't feel like I needed to cry anymore.
Part of my brain, the sensible part, was telling me to go back to the empty house and throw my stuff into my duffel bag and just get the hell away. But I was less than two months from my fifteenth birthday; my heart, most of the time, felt too small for all the things it was trying to hold. The fact was, I was a little bit in love with East Texas, and with my father and Lucy, too. As confused and sad as I felt, this had in some ways been one of the best weeks of my life. I had been in a honky-tonk, a guitar store, a garden full of Buddhist trinkets, a Baptist church, an old country cemetery. I'd gotten my first lipstickChanel, to boot -- and learned to two-step. I'd eaten more fried chicken in a week than I had the whole rest of my life. My father had turned out to be a better musician than I could have hoped for. There was more music, I knew, where that came from; somewhere were the songs he'd written for me as a colicky baby. Wasn't that proof, no matter how shabby, that he'd loved me once? How could I leave until I had that in my hand?
The dogs came crashing back through the woods into the clearing, looking depressed. Actually, just Booker looked depressed; Steve Cropper wasn't smart enough, I don't think, to realize they'd been after anything, he'd only been along for the ride ...Bradbury Stories
100 of His Most Celebrated Tales. Copyright © by Ray Bradbury. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Table of Contents
|The Whole Town's Sleeping||1|
|Season of Disbelief||25|
|And the Rock Cried Out||33|
|The Drummer Boy of Shiloh||54|
|The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge||59|
|The Flying Machine||73|
|The First Night of Lent||86|
|That Woman on the Lawn||113|
|February 1999: Ylla||125|
|One for His Lordship, and One for the Road!||148|
|The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair||156|
|Another Fine Mess||174|
|A Wild Night in Galway||192|
|No News, or What Killed the Dog?||206|
|A Little Journey||213|
|Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine||220|
|The Garbage Collector||243|
|Henry the Ninth||271|
|Bang! You're Dead!||287|
|The Beautiful Shave||312|
|Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Home-made Truly Egyptian Mummy||315|
|I See You Never||328|
|At Midnight, in the Month of June||343|
|The Witch Door||352|
|2004-05: The Naming of Names||375|
|The Illustrated Man||383|
|The Dead Man||394|
|June 2001: And the Moon Be Still as Bright||403|
|The Burning Man||426|
|A Blade of Grass||442|
|The Sound of Summer Running||449|
|And the Sailor, Home from the Sea||454|
|The Lonely Ones||461|
|On the Orient, North||479|
|The Smiling People||490|
|The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl||498|
|Downwind from Gettysburg||515|
|Time in Thy Flight||529|
|Let's Play "Poison"||542|
|The Cold Wind and the Warm||547|
|The Kilimanjaro Device||576|
|The Man in the Rorschach Shirt||585|
|Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned||595|
|The Sea Shell||624|
|Once More, Legato||630|
|June 2003: Way in the Middle of the Air||639|
|The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone||651|
|By the Numbers!||661|
|April 2005: Usher II||668|
|The Square Pegs||682|
|The Miracles of Jamie||703|
|A Far-away Guitar||711|
|The Machineries of Joy||726|
|The Lifework of Juan Diaz||751|
|Almost the End of the World||765|
|The Great Collision of Monday Last||772|
|April 2026: The Long Years||789|
|Icarus Montgolfier Wright||799|
|Death and the Maiden||803|
|The Toynbee Convector||820|
|Forever and the Earth||830|
|Getting Through Sunday Somehow||854|
|The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse||873|
|All on a Summer's Night||881|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have been a fan of Bradbury since as a12 year old I sat on the floor of a book store reading a copy of Martian Chronicles until I was sent to the library by the proprietor. Bradbury published 600+ stories and 100 of the best are here...
This is the best book I have ever read, period. Ray Bradbury has covered ALL of the plots you could possibly dream of -- yet still leaves room for more inquiry. This collection is the baseline for all short stories. It is a masterpiece along the lines of Mona Lisa or The Inferno. Read it now!
A mixed bag of some great, some undercooked stories.
Bradbury's someone u either love or loathe. If u loathe him, he's forever the evergreen oldman stuck in a time warp, building stories with no beginning, no end, and no plot. If u love him, he's a painter - each metaphor a brush stroke that paints rainbow dreams on ur mind's canvas, and becomes part of your life. U have to pick up one of his books and read them to find out which faction u belong to.
I have yet to read this book all the way through, but I have read many of the stories.
Bradbury is one of my all-time favorites, and some of his short stories in here are amazing.