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Driving Blind by Ray BradburyWay back in 2013, Amazon put almost all of Bradburys books on sale for the Kindle and, thinking I was a Bradbury fan, I snapped them all up. Considering how many anthologies Bradburys put out over the decades, thats a LOT of books. Ive been slowly working my way through the backlog over the last 5 years. This marks the end of the anthologies from that backlog.
Honestly, knowing that Im all done is a huge relief.
When I first bought all of these anthologies, I WAS a Bradbury fan. Id loved almost everything by him Id read til that point. And starting out reading this backlog, I was still a fan.
However, the more of the backlog I read, the less I liked them. I think theres a couple of factors in this.
Bradbury does tend to be repetitive in his themes. But for the last handful of anthologies, Ive been taking year-long breaks between his books to try to counteract that repetitiveness. Even this anthology, I spread out over the course of about two months so I wouldnt read more than a story or two a week. Unfortunately, that didnt help as much as Id hoped.
But also, I really feel that these later anthologies of his genuinely arent as good as the ones he published back in the 50s and 60s. Generally speaking, if a story sits around unpublished and uncollected for 5 decades, theres probably a reason an editor never bought it.
Some of these stories feel like Bradbury thought of something that irritated him, then rushed to his typewriter and pounded out a quick rant in story form, patted himself on the back for writing something every day, then filed it away in a drawer and forgot about it.
Unfortunately, I looked at all my reviews to see if I could find support for my Later=worse impression and noticed that I read his more famous anthologies first and worked my way through to the more obscure ones. But, since his famous ones were mostly written near the start of his career, and the obscurer ones towards the end, that means that I ended up reading them in something resembling chronological order. Therefore, my declining lack of interest in Bradbury could be due to either reason Ive mentioned or a combination of both.
Ive still got his three mystery novels left, which Im not too enthusiastic about reading, to tell the truth. Im highly tempted to just sample a couple of chapters and call it quits. Then, Ive also got the massive Best of anthology, which Im probably going to hang on to for several more years before even attempting to read it.
He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy , science fiction , horror , and mystery fiction. Predominantly known for writing the iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit , and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, The Martian Chronicles , The Illustrated Man , and I Sing the Body Electric , Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. Recipient of numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Citation , Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space. Many of his works were adapted to comic book, television, and film formats. Upon his death in , The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream". Bradbury was related to the U.
Bradbury often told of an encounter with a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in as a notable influence. Wreathed in static electricity, Mr. After Mr. Electrico introduced him to the other performers in the carnival, he told Bradbury that he was a reincarnation of his best friend who died in World War I. I have written every single day of my life since that day. He published his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia , in
The Ray Bradbury Award full name " Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation " is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to recognize excellence in screenwriting, in place of the discontinued Nebula Award for Best Script which was awarded from to and from to Named in honor of Ray Bradbury , the physical award was designed by Vincent Villafranca. In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the work was first released.
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Ray Bradbury was an American fantasy and horror author who rejected being categorized as a science fiction author, claiming that his work was based on the fantastical and unreal. His best known novel is Fahrenheit , a dystopian study of future American society in which critical thought is outlawed. Bradbury won the Pulitzer in , and is one of the most celebrated authors of the 21st century. He died in Los Angeles on June 5, , at the age of Bradbury enjoyed a relatively idyllic childhood in Waukegan, which he later incorporated into several semi-autobiographical novels and short stories. As a child, he was a huge fan of magicians, and a voracious reader of adventure and fantasy fiction especially L.
Citation: For his incomparable contributions to American fiction as one of its great storytellers who, through his explorations of science and space, has illuminated the human condition. His singular achievement in this genre is rooted in the imaginative originality of his works, his gift for language, his insights into the human condition, and his commitment to the freedom of the individual. After graduating high school, he ended his formal education and found work selling newspapers. In he began his career as a writer, and in he published his first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival. His ascent towards becoming one of the preeminent science fiction writers began in with the publication of his story cycle, The Martian Chronicles , followed in by The Illustrated Man. In , Bradbury published his literary masterpiece Fahrenheit ; the following year, the 34 year-old author received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for contributions to American literature. Bradbury has published more than 30 books and has written nearly short stories.