Bradbury, Ray(mond) (Douglas) (1920–2012)
American science-fiction writer best known for his imaginative short stories
and novels in which he blends social criticism with an acute appreciation
of the hazards of runaway technology. He published his first short story
"Hollerbochen's Dilemma" in Imagination!, an amateur fan magazine.
After being paid for "Pendulum," in Super Science Stories (1941),
and "The Lake" (1942), Bradbury found his voice. Among his better-known
novels are The Martian Chronicles1
(1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), Fahrenheit 451 (1953),
and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962). Bradbury has also written
books for children (Switch On the Night (1955), The Fog Horn:
A Creative Classic (1987)), poetry (When Elephants Last in the
Dooryard Bloomed (1973), When Robot Mice and Robot Men Run 'Round
in Robot Towns (1977)), and plays (Pillar of Fire: A Drama
(1972), Falling Upward (1988)).
The Martian Chronicles
was originally published in the 1940s as a set of linked magazine stories.
As a boy, Bradbury had been one of the millions who had hung on every word
of the adventures of John Carter in the Mars
books of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Chronicles
is set against a similar Lowell-inspired
backdrop, but Bradbury explores more seriously the nature and psychology
of its aliens.
The landing site of Curiosity rover has been named Bradbury Landing after
- Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles. New York: Doubleday
- Bradbury, Ray. "A Serious Search for Weird Worlds," Life,
49, 116-130 (Oct. 24, 1960).
Ray Bradbury official site