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Ray Bradbury Presentation

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The Life and Times of Ray Bradbury 1984 - George Orwell
Brave New World - Aldus Huxley
V For Vendetta - Alan Moore
The Giver - Lois Lowrey
The ISLAND, film
Gattaca
BLADE RUNNER, based on novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick
I AM LEGEND, Richard Matheson
RESIDENT EVIL, film and video game Examples of Other Dystopian Fiction Opposite of utopia
Characterized by
Human misery
Oppression
Poverty
Violence
Disease
Pollution Dystopian Fiction Science fiction is defined as fiction based on scientific discoveries, space travel, time travel, alien existence or great environmental changes.

Science fiction often deals with the future lives of humans and events that did not happen or have not happened yet.

It often takes into consideration how these events may have consequences on the human race. Science Fiction Recently passed away (88 years old)
However, until his death:
Writes daily
Occasionally lectures (often about writing) Death
Where is he now? Ray Bradbury Theater Bradbury loves cinema
Involved in many Hollywood productions (look him up on imdb!)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Moby Dick
Icarus Montgolfier Wright (nominated for Academy Award)
“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”
“The Twilight Zone” Hollywood! Published in 1953
Totalitarian government has banned the written word
Main character (Guy Montag) - fireman
Different job description!
Starts fires instead of putting them out
What do you think happens when Montag rethinks his career choice? Fahrenheit 451 Anti-communist movement led by Senator Joseph McCarthy—blacklists Hollywood actors, book burning, banned books—in the 1940s-1950s (McCarthy Era).
Silent Generation
Cold War Era
Korean War
Meteoric rise of TV
Increase of technology The Times The Martian Chronicles (1950)
Establishes Bradbury’s reputation as a leading science fiction writer
Man’s attempt to colonize Mars, effects of colonization on the Martian’s, and the colonists’ reaction to massive nuclear war on Earth
Reflects America’s anxieties in 1950s
Threats of Nuclear War ( Fear of potential World War III) Cold War tension between the Communist Soviet Union (Russia)
Resistance against racism and censorship. African-American civil rights movement for equality and justice. Gay rights movement, ex) Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks,
Women's Rights activism - advocating for equality and suffrage. Right to vote. right to work and right to get educated.
Foreign and diplomatic relations and wars - Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, Continued tension with Soviet Union (Russia) Early Success Marguerite “Maggie” McClure
Graduates from George Washington High School and UCLA
Work as a clerk in a book shop
Married in Los Angeles on September 27, 1947
Still married
She and Bradbury had four daughters
Eight grandchildren
Four cats!
Published Dark Carnival (first collection of short stories) in the same year Love His formal education ends with high school in 1938.
Educates himself
Spends nights in library
Bradbury sells newspapers on LA street corners all day.
Write, write, write - he writes every day! Education
Contributes to fan publications (Fanfiction)
Join Los Angeles Science Fiction League in school
Improve grades
Join Poetry Club Early Writing Between 1926 and 1933, moved between Waukegan and Tucson, Arizona
1931 - began writing stories on butcher paper
1934 - moved to Los Angeles
-Roller-skated through Hollywood trying to spot celebrities
-Attended Los Angeles High School
-Joined drama club, planned to become an actor
- Two teachers recognized a fabulous talent in Bradbury, and encouraged his career as a professional writer The Early Years Born - August 22, 1920, Waukegan, Illinois
Waukegan becomes Greentown, IL
- Much of Bradbury’s fiction involves the symbol of safety and home
- "Home" provides a contrasting backdrop to tales of fantasy or menace
Dad - Leonard Spaulding Bradbury
Mom - Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury
Bradbury is their third son. Where is he born? Who is his parents? . " Predicting the future is much too easy... You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better." -Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury First short story - “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” (1938)
Imagination! - Fanfiction magazine
Futuria Fantasia - Bradbury’s own fan magazine (1939)
Published four issues
Wrote much of the content himself
“Pendulum” - first paid publication
Super Science Stories (1941) Early Publications Dandelion Wine
Apollo astronaut named Dandelion Crater after Dandelion Wine
Semi-autobiographical
The Illustrated Man
Short stories - man with tattoos (each tattoo is like a movie - each story is one of his tattoos)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Two teenage boys have a harrowing encounter with a traveling carnival Other Works From 1985 to 1992, Bradbury hosts The Ray Bradbury Theater, a serial television show based on his short stories.
RBT is to bring Bradbury's first major involvement with series television for more than twenty years. Ray Bradbury Interview VNR by Waukegan Public Library with Watermark The Ray Bradbury Theater Opening Theme 1985 MASSARI
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