Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 - June 05, 2012)
Born: 22nd August, 1920
Died: 5th June, 2012
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Writer
Region: Waukegan, Illinois
Notable works: "Fahrenheit 451", "Farewell, My Lovely", "The Illustrated Man", "Dandelion Wine", "The Martian Chronicles", "Death Is a Lonely Business", "A Medicine for Melancholy", "Something Wicked This Way Comes", "Farewell Summer"

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Biography

Ray Bradbury, in full Ray Douglas Bradbury, (born August 22, 1920, Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.—died June 5, 2012, Los Angeles, California), American author best known for his highly imaginative short stories and novels that blend a poetic style, nostalgia for childhood, social criticism, and an awareness of the hazards of runaway technology.

Early life

As a child, Bradbury loved horror films such as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); the books of L. Frank Baum and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. Bradbury often told of an encounter with a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932 as a notable influence. Wreathed in static electricity, Mr. Electrico touched the young Bradbury on the nose and said, “Live forever!” The next day, Bradbury returned to the carnival to ask Mr. Electrico’s advice on a magic trick. After Mr. Electrico introduced him to the other performers in the carnival, he told Bradbury that he was a reincarnation of his best friend who died in World War I. Bradbury later wrote, “a few days later I began to write, full-time. I have written every single day of my life since that day.”

First short stories

Bradbury’s family moved to Los Angeles in 1934. In 1937 Bradbury joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League, where he received encouragement from young writers such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Hamilton, Robert Heinlein, and Leigh Brackett, who met weekly with him. Bradbury published his first short story, “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” (1938), in the league’s “fanzine,” Imagination! He published his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia, in 1939. That same year Bradbury traveled to the first World Science Fiction convention, in New York City, where he met many of the genre’s editors. He made his first sale to a professional science fiction magazine in 1941, when his short story “Pendulum” (written with Henry Hasse) was published in Super Science Stories. Many of Bradbury’s earliest stories, with their elements of fantasy and horror, were published in Weird Tales. Most of these stories were collected in his first book of short stories, Dark Carnival (1947). Bradbury’s style, with its rich use of metaphors and similes, stood out from the more utilitarian work that dominated pulp magazine writing.

In the mid-1940s Bradbury’s stories started to appear in major magazines such as The American Mercury, Harper’s, and McCall’s, and he was unusual in publishing both in pulp magazines such as Planet Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories and “slicks” (so-called because of their high-quality paper) such as The New Yorker and Collier’s without leaving behind the genres he loved. The Martian Chronicles (1950), a series of short stories, depicts Earth’s colonization of Mars, which leads to the extinction of an idyllic Martian civilization. However, in the face of an oncoming nuclear war, many of the settlers return to Earth, and after Earth’s destruction, a few surviving humans return to Mars to become the new Martians. The short-story collection The Illustrated Man (1951) included one of his most famous stories, “The Veldt,” in which a mother and father are concerned about the effect their house’s simulation of lions on the African veldt is having on their children.

Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and scripts

Bradbury’s next novel, Fahrenheit 451 (1953), is regarded as his greatest work. In a future society where books are forbidden, Guy Montag, a “fireman” whose job is the burning of books, takes a book and is seduced by reading. Fahrenheit 451 has been acclaimed for its anti-censorship themes and its defense of literature against the encroachment of electronic media. An acclaimed film adaptation was released in 1966.

The collection The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953) contained “The Fog Horn” (loosely adapted for film as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms [1953]), about two lighthouse keepers’ terrifying encounter with a sea monster; the title story, about a rocket’s dangerous journey to scoop up a piece of the Sun; and “A Sound of Thunder,” about a safari back to the Mesozoic to hunt a Tyrannosaurus. In 1954 Bradbury spent six months in Ireland with director John Huston working on the screenplay for the film Moby Dick (1956), an experience Bradbury later fictionalized in his novel Green Shadows, White Whale (1992). After the release of Moby Dick, Bradbury was in demand as a screenwriter in Hollywood and wrote scripts for Playhouse 90, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Twilight Zone.

One of Bradbury’s most personal works, Dandelion Wine (1957), is an autobiographical novel about a magical but too brief summer of a 12-year-old boy in Green Town, Illinois (a fictionalized version of his childhood home of Waukegan). His next collection, A Medicine for Melancholy (1959), contained “All Summer in a Day,” a poignant story of childhood cruelty on Venus, where the Sun comes out only every seven years. The Midwest of his childhood was once again the setting of Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), in which a carnival comes to town run by the mysterious and evil Mr. Dark. The next year, he published his first collection of short plays, The Anthem Sprinters and Other Antics.

Later work and awards

In the 1970s Bradbury no longer wrote short fiction at his previous pace, turning his energy to poetry and drama. Earlier in his career he had sold several mystery short stories, and he returned to the genre with Death Is a Lonely Business (1985), an homage to the detective stories of writers such as Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett mixed with an autobiographical setting of 1949 Venice, California, where Bradbury lived at the time. Two sequels, A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990) and Let’s All Kill Constance (2002), mined his experiences in 1950s and ’60s Hollywood. His final novel, Farewell Summer (2006), was a sequel to Dandelion Wine. He adapted 59 of his short stories for the television series The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–92).

Bradbury was often considered a science fiction author, but he said that his only science fiction book was Fahrenheit 451. Strictly speaking, much of his work was fantasy, horror, or mysteries. He said, “I use a scientific idea as a platform to leap into the air and never come back.” He received many honours for his work including an Emmy for his animated adaptation of The Halloween Tree (1994) and the National Medal of Arts (2004). In 2007 the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Bradbury a Special Citation for his distinguished career.

Top 132 Ray Bradbury quotes

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.
Again
Always
Any
Art
Change
Changes
Ever
Everybody
Everything
Exist
Fiction
Head
Idea
Impossible
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
Building
Cliff
Down
Jumping
Living
Off
Risk
Way
Wings
Your
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Beautiful
Being
Constantly
Cups
Filled
How
Knowing
Ourselves
Out
Over
Quietly
Stuff
Tip
Trick
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
Any
Dead
Dream
Drop
Eyes
Factories
Fantastic
Live
Made
More
Paid
Seconds
See
Stuff
Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did.
Appeared
Automobile
Could
Destroy
Did
Many
Once
People
Predicted
Would
You
We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.
Get
Got
Machines
Many
Now
Rid
Those
Too
In my later years, I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.
Answer
Back
Behavior
Creating
Day
Each
Each day
Every
Every day
Found
Happy
Happy person
I can
I wonder
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
Cannot
Destroy
Drunk
Must
Reality
Stay
Writing
You
Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.
After
Bed
Day
Every
Explosion
Jump
Me
Morning
Out
Pieces
Putting
Rest
Spent
Step
Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
Child
Scientist
Touch
You
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
Anything
Anything is possible
Begins
Best
Experience
Idea
Open
Possible
Romance
Scientist
My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
Bite
Down
Everything
Go
Goes
Idea
Leg
Lets
Me
Off
Respond
Run
Runs
Stories
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Books
Burn
Culture
Destroy
Get
Just
People
Reading
Stop
Them
You
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Books
Burning
Crimes
Reading
Than
Them
Worse
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Affair
Because
Build
Business
Cliffs
Cynical
Down
Friendship
Go
Got
Intellect
Jump
Listened
Love
I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
Describe
Future
Prevent
Try
Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
Fall
Get
Key
Live
Love
Love you
Morning
Only
Something
Stay
Up
What you love
Word
Write
If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.
Dream
Dreams
Grow
Grow up
Like
Myths
People
Proper
Share
Up
Want
Will
You
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
Impossibility
Impossible
Universe
If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.
Doing
Like
Then
You
We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.
Alive
Another
Experimenting
Force
Forms
Imagination
Incredible
Itself
Life
Making
Matter
Me
Miracle
Over
I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.
Before
Good
Hard
Hard work
Heard
Know
Love
Off
Pays
Practice
Something
Then
Thousand
Thousand times
You can't try to do things; you simply must do them.
Must
Simply
Them
Things
Try
You
You fail only if you stop writing.
Fail
Only
Stop
Writing
You
We are anthill men upon an anthill world.
Men
World
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
Future
Libraries
No future
Past
Without
Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
Fall
Find
How
Jump
Out
Unfold
Will
Wings
You
Your
If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.
Difficult
Enjoy
Keep
Living
Sense
Wonder
You
Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.
Anything
Creativity
Enemy
Lousy
Must
Self-conscious
Simply
Things
Think
Thinking
Try
You
Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it.
American
Been
Busy
Credit
Damning
Done
Far
Give
More
Ourselves
Remarkable
Take
Than
Years
Love is easy, and I love writing. You can't resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you're in love.
Easy
Get
I love
Idea
Love
Love is
Love you
Resist
Says
Someone
Something
Writing
You
Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it.
Answer
Anything
Everything
Love
Love is
Make
Never
Only
Other
People
Reason
Stories
Write
You
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.
Better
Book
College
Complete
Days
Educate
Educating
Education
End
Every
Get
Had
Library
Money
Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves.
Adrenaline
Borrowing
Energy
Excite
Excited
Get
Gets
Going
Ideas
Know
Me
Next
Next thing
Soon
I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.
Anyone
How
Me
No-one
Tell
Tells
Write
Libraries raised me.
Libraries
Me
Raised
I don't believe in colleges and universities.
Believe
Colleges
Universities
When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.
Depression
Graduated
Had
High
High school
Money
School
I have total recall. I remember being born. I remember being in the womb, I remember being inside. Coming out was great.
Being
Born
Coming
Great
I remember
Inside
Out
Recall
Remember
Total
Womb
I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.
Computer
Typewriter
Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?
Being
Could
Go
Human
Human being
Machine
Why
You
Most of my short stories are fantasy.
Fantasy
Most
Short
Short stories
Stories
You don't read in your own field. You read in that field when you're young, so that you can learn.
Field
Learn
Own
Read
You
Young
Your
When you're older you want to learn from other people.
Learn
Older
Other
People
Want
You
My business is to prevent the future.
Business
Future
Prevent
If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way.
About
Complete
Country
Decide
Democracy
Education
Great
Great thing
How
Keep
Know
Life
Our
Read
I'm not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.
Control
Does
Muse
Work
My personal telephone book is a book of the dead now. I'm so old. Almost all of my friends have died, and I don't have the guts to take their names out of the book.
Almost
Almost all
Book
Dead
Died
Friends
Guts
Names
Now
Old
Out
Personal
Take
Telephone
I have fun with ideas; I play with them.
Fun
Have fun
Ideas
Play
Them
I'm not a serious person, and I don't like serious people.
Like
People
Person
Serious

Ray Bradbury books

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man

The October Country: Stories

The October Country: Stories

Dandelion Wine: A Novel (Grand Master Editions)

Dandelion Wine: A Novel (Grand Master Editions)

The Stories of Ray Bradbury (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)

The Stories of Ray Bradbury (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)

The Halloween Tree

The Halloween Tree

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

From the Dust Returned

From the Dust Returned

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories

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Society Today and It's Effects Essay
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Analysis Of Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay
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Montag's Influences in Farenheit 451 Documents
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