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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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Chapter 1. Out of the Science Fiction Ghetto

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pp. 1-44

On June 6, 2012, the day after Ray Douglas Bradbury’s death, President Obama declared that “his gift for storytelling reshaped our culture and expanded our world.”1 The many Science Fiction authors paying tribute to him included Ursula Le Guin, David Brin, and Margaret Atwood, all recalling the formative...

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Chapter 2. The Subject of Mars

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pp. 45-82

Since the late nineteenth century Mars has tantalized the literary imagination with the possibility that life might exist on that planet, a possibility given famous embodiment from 1912 onward in the Barsoom novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Bradbury discovered Burroughs’s fiction at the age of ten and has...

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Chapter 3. Fahrenheit 451 in Contexts

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pp. 83-121

Fahrenheit 451 has achieved widespread recognition as a classic among postwar American dystopias. Thanks to the publication of a number of uncollected stories and of drafts, we are now in a good position to identify the different elements that went into the composition of the novel. Around 1947 Bradbury...

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Chapter 4. Bradbury on Space

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pp. 122-158

Throughout his career, Bradbury expressed his sense of writing in the Space Age, a time which he felt was characterized by the visual sublime, and from his earliest writings space was an important concern. In the first number of Futuria Fantasia for Summer 1939 Bradbury included his poem “Thought and...

Ray Bradbury Bibliography

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pp. 159-184

Notes

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pp. 185-200

Index

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pp. 201-214