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General Information

Name:  Ray Bradbury  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois with the given name of: Rae Douglas Bradbury

Died: June 5, 2012 in California

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Illinois Connection

Bradbury was born in Waukegan and lived there until 1934.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ray Bradbury was a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, children's book author, screenwriter, and poet. He is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time and is also considered one of the most important figures in the development of science fiction literature.

He wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s classic adaptation of ''Moby Dick'' and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television’s ''The Ray Bradbury Theater'' and won an Emmy for his teleplay of ''The Halloween Tree''.

In 2000 Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Medal of Arts, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and the 2008 Illinois Literary Heritage Award from the Illinois Center for the Book. Outside of his literary achievements, Ray Bradbury was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. He conceived the metaphors for Spaceship Earth, EPCOT, Disney World, and he contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro-Disney, France. He was creative consultant for the Jon Jerde Partnership, the architectural firm that blueprinted the Glendale Galleria, The Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, and Horton Plaza in San Diego.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dark carnival /
ISBN: 1887368507. OCLC Number:

Gauntlet Publications,. Springfield, PA :. ©2001.

The Martian chronicles /
ISBN: 0380973839. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1997.

The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

The illustrated man /
ISBN: 0380973847. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. Garden City, N.Y. :. 1951.

Eighteen science fiction stories.

Fahrenheit 451 /
ISBN: 0345410017. OCLC Number:

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Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do ...

The golden apples of the sun and other stories /
ISBN: 0380730391. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. 1997, ©1990.

A collection of thiry-two short stories by Ray Bradbury that explore the endless possibilities of what may happen in the present and in the future.

The October country /
ISBN: 0380973871. OCLC Number:

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Haunting, harrowing, and downright horrifying, this classic collection from the modern master of the fantastic features: THE SMALL ASSASSIN: a fine, healthy baby boy was the new mother's dream come true -- or her nightmare ... THE EMISSARY: the faithful dog was the sick boy's only connectioin with the world outside -- and beyond ... THE WONDERFUL DEATH OF DUDLEY STONE: a most remarkable case of murder -- the deceased was delighted! And more!

Switch on the night /
ISBN: 0375806083. OCLC Number:

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A lonely little boy who is afraid of the dark is introduced to a whole new world by a little girl named Dark.

Dandelion wine :
ISBN: 0380977265. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1999.

In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928.

A medicine for melancholy :
ISBN: 0380730863. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 1998, ©1990.

A collection of short stories written by Ray Bradbury that explore the imagination ranging from science fiction to old fashioned ice cream socials.

Something wicked this way comes /
ISBN: 0380977273. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. [1999]

Two boys' lives are changed forever when a sinister travelling carnival stops at their Illinois town.

The machineries of joy /
ISBN: 0586043616. OCLC Number:

Panther,. St. Albans, Herts. :. 1977.

I sing the body electric! /
ISBN: 0671017896. OCLC Number:

Earthlight,. London :. 1998.

The Halloween tree /
ISBN: 1887368809. OCLC Number:

Gauntlet Publications,. [Colorado Springs, CO] :. ©2005.

A group of children and a "spirit" go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.

When elephants last in the dooryard bloomed :
ISBN: 0246108282. OCLC Number:

Hart-Davis, MacGibbon,. London :. 1975.

Where robot mice and robot men run round in robot towns :
ISBN: 0394422066. OCLC Number:

Knopf,. New York :. 1977.

The Mummies of Guanajuato /
ISBN: 0810921502. OCLC Number:

H.N. Abrams,. New York :. 1978.

In the sleepy Mexican town of Guanajuato, with its neatly kept square and elegant neoclassical theater, is one of the most bizarre and compelling galleries in the Western world. It is not a museum, for this gallery is in a cemetery; its walls lined not with art but with human mummies, standing with mouths agape, eye sockets staring as if they had just returned from the other side of Hell. Indeed, they have literally returned from the grave--exhumed from the dry, desert soil by cemetery keepers because relatives of the dead were too poor to pay for maintenance. So fascinating are these "living dead" that noted author Ray Bradbury wrote a chilling short story after seeing them: so visually arresting that photographer Archie Lieberman was moved to quell his horror and create a pictorial record. The two artists' reactions comprise this unusual book. The photographs call up the deepest and most provocative human emotions. They will shock, disturb and terrify. But they compel viewing; they stimulate confrontation and, believe it or not, will be examined again and again. The story, like all Bradbury's writing, quivers with tension and evokes the thoughts and feelings that reside mostly on the dark side of the mind--stuff of nightmares. No one who experiences this book will ever forget it.

The ghosts of forever /
ISBN: 0847803589. OCLC Number:

Rizzoli,. New York :. 1981, ©1980.

The last circus ; &, the electrocution /
ISBN: 0935716033. OCLC Number:

Lord John Press,. Northridge, California (19073 Los Alimos St., Northridge, Calif. 91326) :. 1980.

The stories of Ray Bradbury /
ISBN: 0394513355. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1980.

In this collection are an imaginative group of stories that often bridge the gap between fantasy and science fiction. The collection includes one hundred of the author's science fiction, fantasy, horror, and midwestern short stories.

The complete poems of Ray Bradbury /
ISBN: 0345305566. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1982.

The haunted computer and the android pope :
ISBN: 0394514440. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1981.

A poetry collection from a master of fantasy celebrates the familiar and unusual in verses dealing with subjects from Ty Cobb to dinosaurs and strawberry shortcake to the Vatican.

The love affair :
ISBN: 0935716173. OCLC Number:

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Dinosaur tales /
ISBN: 0743458974. OCLC Number:

Ibooks, Inc. :. New York :. ©2003.

The last good kiss :
ISBN: 0937483567. OCLC Number:

Santa Susana Press, California State University, Northridge Libraries,. [Northridge, Calif.] :. 1984(

A memory of murder /
ISBN: 0440155592. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York :. ©1984.

Death is a lonely business /
ISBN: 0380789655. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1999.

In California in 1949, a young writer and a detective believe a number of deaths associated with an amusement park were murders. Suddenly the killer begins stalking them.

The April witch /
ISBN: 0886821053. OCLC Number:

Creative Education,. Mankato, Minn. :. [1988], ©1952.

Warned not to mix with ordinary people and thus lose her magic powers, a young witch who wants to be in love decides to risk all by trying to experience love through someone else.

Death has lost its charm for me /
ISBN: 0935716416. OCLC Number:

Lord John Press,. Northridge, Calif. :. 1987.

The Toynbee convector.
ISBN: 0586205780. OCLC Number:

Grafton,. . 1990.

Zen in the art of writing /
ISBN: 1877741094. OCLC Number:

Joshua Odell Editions,. Santa Barbara, Calif. :. 1990.

In a series of essays, Bradbury discusses his career and his compulsion to write. Nine essays discuss the joy of writing, the writing process, inspiration, creativity, and the circumstances surrounding the writing of several of his works.

Classic stories 1 :
ISBN: 0553286374. OCLC Number:

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A collection of thirty-two classic stories of fantasy and science fiction.

Classic stories 2 :
ISBN: 0553286382. OCLC Number:

Bantam,. New York :. 1990.

A graveyard for lunatics :
ISBN: 0380812002. OCLC Number:

Perennial,. New York :. 2001.

Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mysteryand into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

Selected from Dark they were, and golden-eyed /
ISBN: 0929631242. OCLC Number:

Literacy Volunteers of New York City,. New York :. 1991.

Includes the short story, a short biography, and more for the adult new reader.

Green shadows, white whale :
ISBN: 0380789663. OCLC Number:

Perennial,. New York :. ©2002.

They have not seen the stars /
ISBN: 1588810380. OCLC Number:

Stealth Press,. Lancaster, PA :. 2002.

Quicker than the eye /
ISBN: 0380789590. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. [1997], ©1996.

A collection of twenty-one new short fiction stories by science fiction/fantasy/magic-realism author Ray Bradbury.

Driving blind /
ISBN: 0380973812. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1997.

Twenty-one stories with general themes by a leading science fiction writer. In one story, a dead man thinks he is still alive, another story features a killer garbage disposal unit, and a third is on the downside of immortality.

Ahmed and the oblivion machines :
ISBN: 0380977044. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Saved from his emprisonment beneath the sands of the desert, the ancient god Gonn-Ben-Allah gives the gift of flight to Ahmed, a twelve-year-old whose tears have freed him.

Christus Apollo :
ISBN: 0938237063. OCLC Number:

Gold Stein Press,. Newport Beach, Calif. :. ©1998.

Witness and celebrate /
ISBN: 0935716947. OCLC Number:

Lord John Press,. Northridge, Calif. :. ©2000.

From the dust returned :
ISBN: 0380789612. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2001.

"They have lived for centuries in a house of legend and mystery in upper Illinois - and they are not like other midwesterners. Rarely encountered in daylight hours, their children are curious and wild; their old ones have survived since before the Sphinx first sank its paws deep in Egyptian sands. And some sleep in beds with lids." "Now the house is being readied in anticipation of the gala homecoming that will gather together the far-flung branches of this odd and remarkable family. In the past-midnight stillness can be detected the soft fluttering of Uncle Einar's wings. From her realm of sleep, Cecy, the fairest and most special daughter, can feel the approach of many a welcome being - shapeshifter, telepath, somnambulist, vampire - as she flies high in the consciousness of bird and bat." "But in the midst of eager anticipation, a sense of doom pervades. For the world is changing. And death, no stranger, will always shadow this most singular family: Father, arisen from the Earth; Mother, who never sleeps but dreams; A Thousand Times Great Grandmere; Grandfather, who keeps the wildness of youth between his ears." "And the boy who, more than anyone, carries the burden of time on his shoulders: Timothy, the sad and different foundling son who must share it all, remember, and tell ... and who, alone out of all of them, must one day age and wither and die."--Jacket.

One more for the road :
ISBN: 0061032034. OCLC Number:

W. Morrow,. New York :. ©2002.

Presents twenty-five contemporary short stories that probe the depths of human experience and relationships.

I live by the invisible :
ISBN: 1903392209. OCLC Number:

Salmon Pub.,. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland :. 2002.

Let's all kill Constance /
ISBN: 0060561785. OCLC Number:

Avon Books,. New York :. 2004, ©2003.

A young screenwriter and his crafty partner, detective Elmo Crumley, protect an aging movie queen from a deadly enemy who is determined to put an end to both her career and her life.

The cat's pajamas :
ISBN: 0060777338. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©2004.

A collection of new short stories by the award-winning science-fiction writer of One More for the Road includes tales of twentieth-century rural life, Halloween terrors, and flights of fancy on Martian shores. Ray Bradbury is, indisputably, one of America's greatest storytellers. The recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, he ranks among the most beloved, and widely read, of American authors. In The Cat's Pajamas, this "latter-day O. Henry" (Booklist) takes us on an amazing walk through his six-decade career, presenting twenty-two tales, some old, some new, all but two never before published. Here you will find stories strange and scary, nostalgic and bittersweet, humorous and heart-touching, ranging from the not-so-long-gone past to an unknowable future: a group of senators drinks a bit too much, and gambles away the United States; a newlywed couple buys an old house and finds their fledgling relationship tested; two mysterious strangers arrive at a rooming house and baffle their fellow occupants with strange crying in the night; a lonely woman takes a last chance on love. The final piece in the collection is a story-poem, a fond salute from Bradbury to his literary heroes Shaw, Chesterton, Dickens, Twain, Poe, Wilde, Melville, and Kipling. The Cat's Pajamas is just that, the bee's knees, a touching, timeless, and tender collection from the incomparable Ray Bradbury, and a panoramic view of an amazingly long, rich, and fertile creative career.

We'll always have Paris :
ISBN: 0061670146. OCLC Number:

Harper Perennial,. New York :. 2010, ©2009.

Presents a collection of short works by the well-known science fiction author spanning a range of themes, from the bizarre and nostalgic to the bittersweet and speculative.


  • O. Henry Memorial Award, 1954
  • Benjamin Franklin Award, 1954
  • Aviation-Space Writer's Association Award for best space article in an American Magazine, 1967
  • World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Science Fiction Writers of America, 1977
  • Grand Master Award, Science Fiction Writers of America, 1977
  • Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990
  • Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Foundation, 2000
  • Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2002
  • National Medal of Arts, 2004
  • Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, 2007
  • Illinois Literary Heritage Award, Illinois Center for the Book, November 19, 2008