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The New Ray Bradbury Review

Number 1 2008

William Touponce

Publication Year: 2008

An annual dedicated to the life and writings of one of America’s most prolific and popular authors

Like its pioneering predecessor, the one-volume review published in 1952 by William F. Nolan, The New Ray Bradbury Review contains articles and reviews about Bradbury but has a much broader scope, including a thematic focus for each issue. Since Nolan composed his slim volume at the beginning of Bradbury’s career, Bradbury has birthed hundreds of stories and half a dozen novels, making him one of this country’s most anthologized authors. While his effect on the genres of fantasy, horror, and science fiction is still being assessed (See Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction, Kent State University Press, 2004), there is no doubt of his impact, and to judge from the testimony of his readers, many of them now professional writers themselves, it is clear that he has affected the lives of five generations of young readers.

The New Ray Bradbury Review is designed primarily to study the impact of Ray Bradbury’s writings on American culture. It is the central publication of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, a newly established archive of Bradbury’s writings located at Indiana University. This review is designed principally to study the impact of Ray Bradbury’s writings on American culture. In this second number, scholars discuss Bradbury’s view of the role of art and aesthetics in our modern technological lives. Included are Bradbury’s correspondence with renowned Renaissance art historian and aesthetician Bernard Berenson, a fragment from Bradbury’s screenplay “The Chrysalis,” a review of Now and Forever, and insightful essays by Jon Eller and Roger Lay.

Fans and scholars will welcome The New Ray Bradbury Review, as it will add to the understanding of the life and work of this recently honored author, who received both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Interested in learning more about this and future projects with the The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies? Click here listen to William F. Touponce address these issues.

Published by: The Kent State University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 3-4

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pp. 5-6

Fifty-seven years ago, in late 1951, I compiled and edited the first publication dealing with the life and works of Ray Douglas Bradbury. In January 1952 the Ray Bradbury Review (a 64-page pamphlet) was issued from San Diego, California, in a photo-offset edition of 1200 copies. Much later, in 1988, a facsimile hardcover edition was published, with new introductory...

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Introduction: Situating Bradbury in the “Reign of Adaptations”

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pp. 7-10

Welcome to the first issue of The New Ray Bradbury Review.
The title of our journal harkens back to the beginnings of criticism on Ray Bradbury, William F. Nolan’s Ray Bradbury Review, originally published in 1952. That affectionate and charming volume, with hand-drawn illustrations by Nolan and done before he was even a professional writer...

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Fleeing from the “Ghost Machines”: Patterns of Resistance in The Pedestrian and The Murderer

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pp. 11-34

Of the stories quoted above, The Pedestrian, first published in 1951, is much better known. Considered one of Ray Bradbury’s finest short stories from the Cold War period, it also retains special interest as an important precursor text of the author’s first, and highly acclaimed, novel-length work...

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Adapting Melville for the Screen:The Moby Dick Screenplay

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pp. 35-60

Bradbury has always been, at heart, a dramatic writer. He spent his high school years in and around all the Hollywood studios pestering stars for autographs, and privately he looked to the silver screen for the ultimate test of his writing talents. Between 1950 and 1952 television producers and film studios showed strong interest in his stories, but these were years when it was unclear how TV and cinema industry relationships would develop and...

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The Illustrating Man:The Screenplays of Ray Bradbury

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pp. 61-78

Although Ray Bradbury writes his stories on foolscap in the standard King’s English, he would prefer to shape them into hieroglyphs, roll them up in scrolls, and fling them against tomb walls. He wants to stand them up on two legs and walk them around the world, whispering and singing to tomorrow’s children...

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Ray Bradbury and BBC Radio: 1971 to 2007

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pp. 79-90

Ray Bradbury’s stories have proven to be a rich source for radio drama on BBC radio. Since the 1950s there has been a continuous stream of one-off plays and occasional series based on his work. Some of the adaptations have been faithful, almost literal, retellings of his short stories and novels, while others have been reimaginings by some of radio’s leading dramatists...

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Meeting Bradbury: Adaptations,Transformations, and Tributes

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pp. 91-98

“I’ve decided that maybe we should do a life and work study of a major science fiction writer. Who would you want to write a book about?”
I sipped my gin and tonic as I reflected about what I assumed to be a purely speculative question. We were at a publisher’s party at the 1976 MLA convention in Chicago, where I was interviewing for jobs and trying to interest...

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Dandelion Wine Audio CD

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pp. 99-104

Green Town, Illinois, 1928. Douglas Spaulding, twelve years old, awakens the town and in so doing introduces the cast of characters: family, friends and neighbours.
Doug, out picking grapes with his father and brother, has an epiphany. He discovers that he is alive.
One evening, a stranger arrives in town. Bill Forrester seems to have an uncanny knowledge of the people of Green Town. Forrester moves into the...

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From the Archives of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

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p. 105-105

This section includes facsimiles and transcriptions of original manuscripts, interviews, screenplays, drawings, and memorabilia that are held by or loaned to The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
Transcriptions are presented here with silent corrections for spelling errors and without noting the author’s deletion or replacement of text. Although some sense of the original formatting may be preserved, the editors have...

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Ray Bradbury Interview with Mogen and Siegel (1980)

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pp. 106-126

BRADBURY: When I adapted Fahrenheit 451 for the stage years ago I knew the novel by heart—God almighty, I spent so much time revising it over the years and reading proofs on it. So instead of looking at the novel again I said to my characters, “Look, it’s been twenty-eight years since we last really talked together. What do you know that you didn’t tell me twenty-eight years ago?” And all of a sudden the Fire Chief spoke up and said, “Hey, I got things to tell you"...

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Introduction to Gotcha!

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pp. 127-134

Gotcha! was initially broadcast in 1988 as part of the first run of The Ray Bradbury Theater for USA Network. By then Bradbury was well into the process of adapting his short stories for television, having aired six previous episodes for HBO during the summer of 1985 and winter of 1986. We publish here the teleplay Bradbury submitted to Atlantis Productions, transcribed...


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pp. 135-162


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pp. 163-173

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Bradbury’s Comic Adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs

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pp. 174-177

Bradbury's juvenile comic panels for A Fighting Man of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. These are not just a series of isolated cartoons, but rather a sustained eight-frame adaptation drawn with text sometime between 1931 and 1933. For his strip, Bradbury softened the character of the coldly ambitious but beautiful petty-noble Sanoma Tora and raised her to the status of...

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Ray Bradbury: Adaptations in Other Media

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pp. 178-214

Bradbury’s extensive adaptation of his own work to other genres and media is cataloged here, followed by a shorter but no less significant listing of Bradbury’s adaptations of the work of other authors. The second half of the catalog consists of an even more extensive listing of Bradbury work adapted by other writers. Within each of these major categories of authorship, adaptations...

Title Index

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pp. 215-220

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 221-223

Next Issue

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p. 224-224

E-ISBN-13: 9781612775937
E-ISBN-10: 1612775934
Print-ISBN-13: 9780873389907

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2008