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Ray Bradbury Author Study
Transcript of Ray Bradbury Author Study
Born August 22nd in Waukegan, Illinois
World War I ends.
Stock market crash
Writes first Martian stories
World War II begins
World War II ends
1965 - 1973
U.S. astronauts walk
on the moon
Nominated for an
U.S. Viking spacecraft
lands on Mars
The Ray Bradbury Theater
debuts on television
Berlin Wall is torn down
Named Los Angeles
Citizen of the Year
Construction begins on the
International Space Station
Decides to devote all
his time to writing
Earth at Epcot Center
Receives a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
June 5, 2012
Dies from a long term illness
August 22, 2012
Landing site of NASA's Mars
Curiosity Rover is named
Publishes his final work,
"We'll Always Have Paris",
a short story
An author study of one of America's greatest writers
He went to his first movie when
he was three and had his first taste
of science fiction when he was eight.
"I was in love...with monsters, skeletons, circuses, carnivals, dinosaurs, and the red planet Mars." I was "completely in love with the future."
Getting Started as a Writer
After selling newspapers during the day, Bradbury would spend hours reading and writing in the library at night.
He sold his first story when he was 20 years old. Soon he was selling one story a month to genre specific magazines.
He quit his newspaper job after his career took off by selling stories to national magazines.
Edgar Allan Poe
Movies and Comic Books
Bradbury's Beliefs about Science Fiction
One of its purposes is to warn what might happen in the future if we don't take care now.
We shouldn't let technology make us distant from the qualities and feelings that make us human.
Technology is valuable because it adds a new dimension to our existence but should be used wisely.
Many of his works were written in response to trends that he thought could become out of control.
His Influence on Others
"On the world of science fiction, fantasy, and imagination he is immortal."
Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars)
He may never have made these movies if he had not heard Bradbury speak.
"...the world we live in would have been diminished if we had not had him..."
"What better way is there to become immortal than to write every day of your life?
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."
"I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it."
"You can't try to do things; you simply must do them."
"My stories run up and bite me on the leg- I respond by writing down everything that goes on in the bite. "
"Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?"
"As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, not the impossible. "
He never learned how to drive a car.
He refused to write on the computer and disliked the Internet.
He wrote Fahrenheit 451 on a typewriter in the library that he rented for 20 cents an hour. He spent $9.80.
Apollo's astronauts named a crater on the moon Dandelion Crater after his novel Dandelion Wine.
He was asked by good friend Gene Rodenberry to write an episode of Star Trek but declined.
Ray Bradbury's Legacy
He has written 27 novels and over 600 short stories in addition to many essays and poems in a variety of genres.
He is considered one of the greatest influences in science fiction becoming a respectable genre.
The Life and Times of Ray Bradbury