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« on: June 06, 2012, 08:51:36 AM »

I read him first through cartoon versions of his best stories. I don't know if anything he wrote after the early fifties was good. I tried some but wasn't up to the earliest standard.   

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 09:56:12 AM »

I remember reading The Illustrated Man for the first time in 7th Grade. I'd never had a lot of time for science fiction but Bradbury's expressive prose and beauteous simplicity really knocked me on my feet. He's one of the best writers at achieving a sense of sense of wonder and nostalgia. Suffice it to say I'm really sad to hear of his passing. RIP

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 10:01:16 AM »

I read him first through cartoon versions of his best stories. I don't know if anything he wrote after the early fifties was good. I tried some but wasn't up to the earliest standard.   

Any favorites?

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 12:50:45 PM »

That is sad news !
I'm a big Sci-Fi fan, he cast a big shadow.
I know R. Harryhausen, it must be very very sad for him to lose him,
I suppose they were friends for over 75 years!


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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 02:39:21 PM »

RIP Cry

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 03:15:14 PM »

Any favorites?


Among the stories, I don't remember the titles. But I like the one about the italo-american constructing a spaceship for his children in his garden. The one about the man walking alone in the streets and being questioned by the police (probably my favourite). The Veldt. The one about the people landing on Mars and finding the memories of their youth created by deceitful aliens.   
Anyway, no novels: I've read Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes and found them too preachy the first and too boring the second.


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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 04:58:54 PM »

Mars is Heaven sounds like one of them, and I'd rate that pretty high on my list. My favorite is probably Pillar of Fire, from the regretably hard-to-find collection S is for Space.

I share your sentiments re: his novels. Bradbury's good at expressing ideas and stories simply and succinctly. In his full-length books he seems a bit big for his britches. Fahrenheit 451 is beautifully written but seems like a pastiche of Huxley; no points for originality. He has a few stories which explore the same topic much better.

Either way, I checked out The Stories of Ray Bradbury from the library today so I'll be catching up.

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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 06:01:43 PM »

I read one of those two volumes of stories, but gave it away as most uneven.

R Is For Rocket is the title of the first short story I mentioned.

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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 06:25:35 PM »

His best post-'60s collection is Long After Midnight. Bradbury wrote a lot of detective stories and childhood nostalgia later in life. He wasn't half so good at them as he was at science fiction.

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 08:15:27 PM »

For interested parties, most of the episodes from his TV series are on Youtube. Take your pick:

http://tinyurl.com/c8394ax

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