Ray Bradbury

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Name: Ray Bradbury

Pen Name: None

Genre: Science Fiction, Poetry, Fiction

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

Died: June 5, 2012 in California

Credit: Photo by Alan Light

Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building

"Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future" - Ray Bradbury

Illinois Connection

  • Born in Waukegan, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Ray Bradbury was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. He is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, children's book author, screenwriter, and poet. He has written more than three dozen books and is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time.

Bradbury is considered one of the most important figures in the development of science fiction literature, and as among the first authors to combine the concepts of science fiction with a sophisticated prose style. He was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1977.

Some of his best-known works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston’s classic adaptation of Moby Dick, and he 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.

In 1934, when Bradbury was 13, his family moved to Los Angeles. He still resides there today.

Published Works

  • Dark Carnival, Arkham House, 1947 - Published in UK as The Small Assassin - Reprinted in 2001 with supplemental material by Gauntlet Press, edited by Donn Albright
  • The Martian Chronicles, Doubleday, 1950 - Published in UK as The Silver Locusts
  • The Illustrated Man, 1951
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ballantine, 1953
  • The Golden Apples of the Sun, 1953
  • The October Country, 1955
  • Switch On the Night, 1955
  • Dandelion Wine, Doubleday, 1957
  • Sun and Shadow, 1957
  • A Medicine For Melancholy, 1959 - Published in UK as The Day It Rained Forever
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, Simon & Schuster, 1962
  • R Is For Rocket, 1962
  • The Machineries of Joy, 1964
  • The Autumn People, Ballantine, 1965
  • The Vintage Bradbury, 1965
  • S Is For Space, 1966
  • Tomorrow Midnight, Ballantine, 1966
  • Twice 22, 1966 - Collects the stories in A Medicine for Melancholy & The Golden Apples of the Sun
  • I Sing the Body Electric, 1969
  • Old Ahab's Friend, and Friend to Noah, Speaks His Piece, Roy A. Squires Press, 1971 - Limited edition of 485 numbered copies
  • The Halloween Tree, 1972
  • When Elephants Last In The Dooryard Bloomed, 1973
  • Long After Midnight, 1976
  • Where Robot Mice and Robot Men Run 'Round in Robot Towns, 1977
  • The God in Science Fiction, Santa Susanna Press, 1978
  • The Mummies of Guanajuato, 1978
  • Twin Hieroglyphs that Swim the River Dust, 1978
  • Beyond 1984: Remembrance of Things Future, 1979
  • This Attic Where the Meadow Greens, 1979
  • The Ghosts of Forever, 1980
  • The Last Circus and the Electrocution, 1980
  • Stories of Ray Bradbury, 1980 - Includes 100 of Bradbury's best stories, including six previously uncollected tales
  • About Norman Corwin, Santa Suzana Press, 1980
  • The Complete Poems of Ray Bradbury, 1981
  • The Haunted Computer and the Android Pope, 1981
  • There Is Life On Mars, Reader's Digest Press, 1981
  • The Love Affair, 1982
  • The Other Foot, Perfection Form Co., 1982
  • The Veldt, Perfection Form Co., 1982
  • Dinosaur Tales, 1983
  • The Last Good Kiss, Santa Susana Press, 1984
  • A Memory of Murder, 1984
  • Long After Ecclesiastes, Gold Stein Press, 1985
  • Death is a Lonely Business, Knopf, 1985
  • The April Witch: A Creative Classic, Creative Education, Inc., 1987
  • Death Has Lost Its Charm For Me, Lord John Press, 1987
  • Fahrenheit 451 /The Illustrated Man /Dandelion Wine /The Golden Apples of the Sun /The Martian Chronicles, 1987
  • Fever Dream, 1987
  • The Fog Horn: A Creative Classic, Creative Education, Inc., 1987
  • The Other Foot: A Creative Classic, Creative Education, Inc., 1987
  • The Veldt: A Creative Classic, Creative Education, Inc., 1987
  • The Dragon, 1988
  • The Toynbee Convector, 1988
  • The Climate of Palettes, Lord John Press, 1989 - Signed and numbered limited edition of 150
  • Zen in the Art of Writing, 1990
  • Classic Stories Volume One, 1990
  • Classic Stories Volume Two, 1990
  • A Graveyard for Lunatics, Knopf, 1990
  • Selected from Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed, 1991
  • Green Shadows, White Whale, 1992
  • The Stars, 1993
  • The Other Foot, 1993
  • Quicker Than the Eye, Avon Books, 1996
  • Driving Blind, 1997
  • Ahmed and the Oblivion Machines, 1998
  • Christus Apollo, Gold Stein Press, 1998
  • Witness and Celebrate, Lord John Press, 2000
  • From the Dust Returned: A Family Remembrance, 2001
  • One More for the Road: A New Short Story Collection, 2002
  • I Live By the Invisible, 2002
  • Let`s All Kill Constance, William Morrow, 2003
  • The Cat's Pajamas: Stories, Harper, 2005
  • We'll Always Have Paris, Harper, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Dark Carnival

ISBN: 1887368507
Release Date: 2001-11-12

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The Martian Chronicles

ISBN: 0380973839
Release Date: 1997-02-01

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The Illustrated Man

ISBN: 0380973847
Release Date: 1997-06-01

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Fahrenheit 451

ISBN: 0345410017
Release Date: 1996-08-27

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Golden Apples of the Sun, The

ISBN: 0380730391
Release Date: 1997-11-01

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The October Country

ISBN: 0380973871
Release Date: 1999-09-07

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Switch on the Night

ISBN: 0375806083
Release Date: 2000-08-08

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Dandelion Wine

ISBN: 0380977265
Release Date: 1999-02-01

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Sun and shadow

ASIN: B0006EO97A
Release Date: 1957

A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories

ISBN: 0380730863
Release Date: 1998-02-01

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

ISBN: 0380977273
Release Date: 1999-06-08

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R Is for Rocket

Release Date: 1965

The Machineries of Joy

ISBN: 0586043616
Release Date: 1977

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The Autumn People (Ballantine Books Original)

Release Date: 1965

The Vintage Bradbury;: Ray Bradbury's Own Selection of his Best Stories

Release Date: 1965

Twice 22: Ray Bradbury's Two Memorable Books: The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Medicine for Melancholy

Release Date: 1966

I Sing the Body Electric

ISBN: 0671017896
Release Date: 1998-08-03

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Old Ahab's Friend, and Friend to Noah, Speaks His Piece: A Celebration

Release Date: 1971

When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

ISBN: 0246108282
Release Date: 1975-01-06

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Long After Midnight

ASIN: B00129J892
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The God in Science Fiction (Northridge facsimile series)

ASIN: B0006X0IN0
Release Date: 1977

Mummies of Guanajuato

ISBN: 0810921502
Release Date: 1979-02-21

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Twin Hieroglyphs That Swim the River Dust

Release Date: 1978

Beyond 1984: Remembrance of things future

ASIN: B0006E35FC
Release Date: 1979

This attic where the meadow greens

Release Date: 1979

The ghosts of forever

ISBN: 0847803589
Release Date: 1980-01-01

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The Last Circus and the Electrocution

ISBN: 0935716033
Release Date: 1980-09

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The Stories of Ray Bradbury

ISBN: 0394513355
Release Date: 1980-10-12

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About Norman Corwin

Release Date: 1979

The Complete Poems of Ray Bradbury

ISBN: 0345305566
Release Date: 1982-08-12

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The Haunted Computer and the Android Pope

ISBN: 0394514440
Release Date: 1981-07-12

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The Love Affair

ISBN: 0935716173
Release Date: 1983-06

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The Other Foot

Release Date: 1982

Dinosaur Tales

ISBN: 0743458974
Release Date: 2003-02-04

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The last good kiss: A poem (California master series)

ISBN: 0937483567
Release Date: 1984

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The Martian Chronicles

Release Date: 1979

Ray Bradbury Collection: The Veldt

ISBN: 0613944917
Release Date: 1987-09

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The Toynbee Convector (Spanish Edition)

ISBN: 0586205780
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Classic Stories 2: Selections from Medicine for Melancholy and S is for Space

ISBN: 0553286382
Release Date: 1990-04-01

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Selected from Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed (Writers' Voices)

ISBN: 0929631242
Release Date: 1990-06

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Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury's Adventures Making Moby Dick with John Huston in Ireland

ISBN: 0380789663
Release Date: 2002-10-01

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Quicker Than the Eye

ISBN: 0380789590
Release Date: 1997-10-01

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Christus Apollo: Cantata celebrating the eighth day of Creation and the promise of the ninth

ISBN: 0938237063
Release Date: 1998

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Witness and Celebrate

ISBN: 0935716947
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Literary Awards

  • O. Henry Memorial Award and the 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 and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America - 1977
  • In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
  • National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters - 2000
  • Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame - 2002
  • National Medal of Arts in 2004 - the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the United States government
  • Pulitzer Prize Special Citation - 2007
  • Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Literary Heritage Award - 2008

External Links

Ray Bradbury on WorldCat

Ray Bradbury on Amazon

Ray Bradbury Webpage

Ray Bradbury on Wikipedia


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