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The New Ray Bradbury Review #3

William F. Touponce

Publication Year: 2012

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 produced 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, The Kent State University Press, 2004), there is no doubt about his impact, and to judge from the testimony of his admirers, many of them now professional writers themselves, it is clear that he has affected the lives of five generations of readers.

The New Ray Bradbury Review is designed principally to study the impact of Bradbury’s writings on American culture and is the chief publication of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies—the archive of Bradbury’s writings located at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. In this third number, the Center will present an all-archival issue devoted to Bradbury’s fragments. A prolific writer, Bradbury has left behind openings for stories that he never finished, together with pages of notes, sketches, and drafts that he was keeping in suspension for possible use in some form at some place in various narrative projects he was considering, as well as fragments of completed stories that are now lost. These pages are of great interest to anyone drawn to Bradbury’s creative mind, for they reveal his imagination at its most spontaneous. For instance, the reader will be excited to discover in this issue Bradbury’s sketches for “The Venusian Chronicles,” revealing a landscape and characters that, while clearly incomplete, carry on the themes of The Martian Chronicles. Included is a checklist of Bradbury’s extensive fragments, compiled by Donn Albright and Jonathan R. Eller.

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

Published by: The Kent State University Press

Title Page, Advisory Board

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pp. 3-5

Copyright Page

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pp. 6

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In Memoriam: Ray Bradbury

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pp. 7-8

In the 1950s, when he first became influential and widely known in America and in Europe, Ray Bradbury believed that we now live in an Age of Information, where facts replace facts at an alarming speed in our minds, destroying the roots of any coherent experience. ...

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I Am My Grandfather, My Grandfather Is Me

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pp. 9

When I was born, I remember being born. But my grandfather was there, and he knew that, later on, I would remember being born. So he started to develop me when I was two years old. He sat me on his knee and he put a little crystal radio in my hand. A little crystal radio, with a little spool of copper wire, and you tickled it with a needle; ...

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pp. 10-15

This archival issue presents some of Bradbury’s incomplete writings, consisting mainly of his story openings and narrative ideas, as well as descriptive passages on a variety of themes, together with an interpretative commentary. ...

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Part One: Youth, Old Age, and Death

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pp. 16-20

So they all went to the graveyard, weeping and took the coffin out of the earth and stopped crying because then there were the magic rituals at the hospital which caused the dead body to move and life began and went on forever. ...

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Part Two: Other Writers

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pp. 21-23

Yet everywhere, and especially in motion pictures, we are being treated to that inescapable perishment ^trauma^ supplied by vast overdosages of Truth. So dies our Civilization, made to sit in a corner, with dunce cap on, knowing what is good for it, being poisoned day by day by the data collectors who stone us to death ...

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Part Three: Characters

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pp. 24-30

When the people in the town saw the men with the tape measures and string balls out in the green meadow on the hill just beyond the creek they did not think much on it. ...

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Part Four: Reveries

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pp. 31-38

Without having ever heard the word, a fire is baroque. Plumes, feathers, sands of time, winds of cloud and fiery mist go up and away. Everchanging, evanescent, a fire on a hearth is youth flung up the chimney in sparklings and flinders and age coming down in funeral plumes of grey ash. ...

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Part Five: Dreams

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pp. 39-42

She awoke and, a moment later, felt her husband wake beside her. She was sitting up in bed with the moonlight on her hands which she turned up now to look at as if the bits of her dream might be there. The hands were empty. ...

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Part Six: Houses

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pp. 43-47

The moist damp deep hole where the plums hung in liquid solutions, in glass jars, row on shining row, provisions for ten thousand armies. The wet dripping cellar hole dug out of primeval earth, raw and beamed with wood, ascuttle with rats and heaped with coal flung in from the chute of the truck which brought it once a month. ...

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Part Seven: Climates/Seasons

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pp. 48-50

In the yard the three apple trees grew up like groping hands at the sky. In the spring they popped out blossoms and in the summer they made a Christmas spectacle with round red shiny apple globes which contained white meat and perfume and for which little boys danced on tiptoes, fumbling up at them with fishing poles. ...

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Part Eight: Space Travel/Other Worlds

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pp. 51-55

It is not known how the New Crusade began. It is only known that on the afternoon of June 17th in the year 2132 that a great fleet was drawn upon the green meadows of Earth and the rockets of this fleet were both large and small and contained humanity of both good and perverse natures. ...

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Part Nine: Mars

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pp. 56-62

He felt it when they came from the rocket, the wind blowing as if it would melt transfuse, burn away their originality, change and remould and act upon them like some cold blowing rain of chemical. Lightning flared, showing the blue hills of Mars, his wife’s tense face, his three boys at his elbow, and in that minute he knew fear. ...

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Textual Commentary

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pp. 63-84

In his reminiscence of his grandfather, which opens this volume, Bradbury indicates the powerful influence that images had on his young psyche, going so far as to assert that the Harper’s Weekly pictures by Henri Lanos, illustrating H.G. Wells’s When the Sleeper Wakes shown to him by his grandfather ...

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The Albright Collection:

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pp. 85-132

The following entries offer a general classification and preliminary inventory for the many thousands of fragment pages known to exist. Although this listing is a work-in-progress, it nevertheless offers a glimpse of the vast array of subjects and images that (for the most part) never evolved beyond an opening paragraph or a single page of composition. ...

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781612776590
E-ISBN-10: 1612776590
Print-ISBN-13: 9781606351475

Publication Year: 2012