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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ray Bradbury  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry Science Fiction

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


-- Ray Bradbury on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ray+bradbury


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.


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Titles At Your Library

Dark Carnival
ISBN: 1887368507

Gauntlet Pr. 2001

Over 50 years out of print the October release of DARK CARNIVAL by RAY BRADBURY will be the literary event of the year for Bradbury fans. After many years Ray Bradbury has agreed to allow this classic to be published in a LIMITED edition, with bonus material, edited by his long-time bibliographer Donn Albright. With the space allowed here we can't provide details of ALL the bonus material, but for complete details check out the Gauntlet Press website. The cover art is a Bradbury oil painting from Albright’s personal collection, painted by Bradbury around the time of the original publication of DARK CARNIVAL. We will be reproducing the book as it originally appeared AND then add a host of bonus material, from Albright’s personal archives. We will be including five additional short stories for this definitive edition of the DARK CARNIVAL. These are stories that did not appear in the original, with most all but impossible to get a hol! d of. All were originally published in Weird Tales and were at one time considered for publication in the original version of DARK CARNIVAL. Four stories will appear in the book itself: “The Watchers” Bradbury’s first anthology sale in Rue Morgue which he sold at the age of 25. There is also “The Poems” “Bang, You’re Dead” and “The Seashells.” Other bonus material include Bradbury’s original proposal for DARK CARNIVAL, a detailed proposal for a ballet with handwritten notes Bradbury made to himself, the original U.S. and U.K. versions of the cover, story notes in Bradbury’s own words from a taped session with Donn Albright and far more. Only 700 numbered copies of this classic will be sold. After we’re sold out Bradbury’s representatives say the book goes back in the vault (NO further editions, no paperback). Since the book will not be out until November (but will in all probability be sold out) it's wise to order a copy now. With so few available their value will skyrocket, just like the original.

Note: This book will not be signed by the author, as previously noted. -- Gauntlet Press, 10/23/2001.

The Martian Chronicles
ISBN: 0380973839

Avon Books. 1997

Soar above the fossil seas and crystal pillars of a deadworld in the pages of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. A milestoneof American literature, Bradbury’s classic collection of interconnectedvignettes about life on the red planet diverges from the War of the Worlds theme,in which humanity must defend its shores against its neighbors, for in Bradbury’sprismatic vision, humanity is the conqueror, colonizing Mars to escape an Earthdevastated by atomic war and environmental catastrophe. Bradbury’s TheMartian Chronicles is a must-read for any fan of science fiction orfantasy, a crucial precursor to films like Avatar and Alien andbooks like Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion,and a haunting prophesy of humanity’s destiny to bring our old dreams andfollies along with us wherever we may venture forth.

The Illustrated Man
ISBN: 0380973847

William Morrow. 1997

“Sometimes at night I can feel them, the pictures, like ants, crawling on my skin. Then I know they’re doing what they have to do . . . ”

Fantasy master Ray Bradbury weaves a narrative spanning fromthe depths of humankind’s fears to the summit of their achievements in eighteeninterconnected stories—visions of the future tattooed onto the body of anenigmatic traveler—in The Illustrated Man, one of the essential classicsof speculative fiction from the author of The Martian Chronicles, DandelionWine, and The October Country.

Fahrenheit 451
ISBN: 0345410017

Ballantine Books. 1996

Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires...

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning ... along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames... never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think... and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

Golden Apples of the Sun, The
ISBN: 0380730391

William Morrow Paperbacks. 1997

Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here, presented in a new trade edition, are thirty-two of his most famous tales--prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits of outr fascination which spring from the canvas of one of the century's great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safary, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.Ray Bradbury is a modern cultural treasure. His disarming simplicity of style underlies a towering body of work unmatched in metaphorical power by any other American storyteller. And here, presented in a new trade edition, are thirty-two of his most famous tales--prime examples of the poignant and mysterious poetry which Bradbury uniquely uncovers in the depths of the human soul, the otherwordly portraits of outre fascination which spring from the canvas of one of the centurys great men of imagination. From a lonely coastal lighthouse to a sixty-million-year-old safari, from the pouring rain of Venus to the ominous silence of a murder scene, Ray Bradbury is our sure-handed guide not only to surprising and outrageous manifestations of the future, but also to the wonders of the present that we could never have imagined on our own.

The October Country
ISBN: 0380973871

Avon Books. 1999

“ . . . that country where it is always turning late in theyear. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnightsstay . . . ”

Explore the outer limits of the imagination with the GrandMaster of American Literature, Ray Bradbury, in a dark and disquieting descentinto The October Country. Readers of The Martian Chronicles and TheIllustrated Man, as well as fans of H. P. Lovecraft, Rod Serling, Bram Stoker, Stephen King,and writers of other classic horror stories, will be captivated by TheOctober Country’s nineteen astonishing tales. From drowned cities tofrantic carnivals to forgotten Mexican villages, Bradbury offers anunforgettable journey into mystery, shining brief lights upon the darkestcorners of the soul.

Switch on the Night
ISBN: 0375806083

Alfred A. Knopf. 2000

A new, larger trim size and a handsome jacket make this reissue by premier science fiction author Ray Bradbury and Caldecott Medal-winning artists Leo and Diane Dillon a stunning gift book.

A little boy likes lanterns and lamps, but he doesn't like light switches because they turn off the light. Then one day, a little girl named Dark shows up at his door. She helps the boy to see light switches as turning on the night, rather than turning off the light. And when he switches on the night, he also switches on the stars and moon and the crickets and frogs. Sure to reassure any child who has felt afraid of the unknown, Switch On the Night will also impress adult readers with its subtle message about things that are "dark" and its imaginative approach to understanding that which is different.

Dandelion Wine
ISBN: 0380977265

Avon Books. 1999

Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.

Come and savor Ray Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

Sun and shadow
ISBN: B0006EO97A

Quenian Press. 1957

A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories
ISBN: 0380730863

Avon. 1998

Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A family's first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household implements to help some kids play a game called Invasion. The most marvelous Christmas display a little boy ever saw. All those images and many more are inside this book, a new trade edition of thirty-one of Bradbury's most arresting tales--timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart. Ray Bradbury is known worldwide as one of the century's great men of imagination. Here are thirty-one reasons why.Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A familys first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household impl