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Ray Bradbury & Science Fiction writing

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Ray Bradbury
(Master of Sci-Fi) born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois Ray Bradbury has published more than eighty books. His first one, Dark Carnival (1947), established him as a striking new voice, and three years later The Martian Chronicles made him a crucial one. What can we infer about the genre of his writing from these titles? One of Bradbury's signature author moves is to include
some sort of role reversal. For example, in his collection
of short stories entitled "Chronicles", aliens invade a foreign
planet, except that humans from Earth are the ones
invading the neighboring planet of Mars. The main character in Fahrenheit 451 is
a firefighter. What kind of role reversal
might happen to this type of character? A little encouraging advice from Ray:
"I started writing when I was twelve, and I was 22 before I wrote my first decent short story." (3:44) Ray in 2009. Tidbit: Became infatuated with dinosaurs at the age of six, and claims that they affected his whole life. His first favorite book series was about
the land of "Oz" (The Wizard of Oz) by L.
Frank Baum. Well into his eighties, at an age when many writers are content to relax, Bradbury was still working. Within the past ten years, Bradbury has steadily published new fiction alongside several anthologies of his older stories, poems, and essays. The short-story collection The Cat's Pajamas appeared in 2004. Fahrenheit 451 is a "dystopian" novel. Dystopian = the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, or an ideal society. Sources: Wikipedia and The Big Read He was greatly influenced by the
writings of Edgar Allen Poe. If he had not been a writer, he would have been a magician Ray only stopped working and touring
in 2009, because of "old age and lack of energy". He wrote his novels with only a high school education and a library card What can we infer from these bits of information?
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