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Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars Paperback – August 15, 2006
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Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
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Despite the fact that they are essays, they are written in Bradbury's usual poetic, flowery style which some love and some are annoyed by. Those who are annoyed by it probably are the type of people who never look at anything beyond it's face value and can't stand to watch a film that doesn't include constant, unnecessary yapping, but I digress.
The topics Bradbury covers range from the origins of his books, his thoughts on his city (Los Angeles), movies, other writer's books, history, and his friendships (with Walt Disney and Gene Kelley of all people!), and hapiness.
It helps to be a dedicated Bradburian to read this, and dedicated Bradburians are probably the only ones who'd buy it, judging from the Amazon sales rank, but it's engaging no matter who you are.
He wrote THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES in 1944 as a collection of stories. He became intersted in the Red Planet as a ten-year-old in Waukegan, Illinois, out looking at the night stars and the "special red fire burning in the dark" sky. He collected Buck Rogers comics, and his favorite was "Buck & Wilma on the Red Planet." He read Edgar Rice Burrough's THE GODS OF MARS. Then, after finishing school, he got a job working on an astronomical program for the Smithsonian Planetarium. He studied some photos of the mysterious universe taken by Lowell Observatory. The started pondering on the Big Bang Theory and the impossibility of so simple (and complex) a creation for our world.
In 2000, at the age of eighty, he remembers how all this early sky watching adn deep thinking had evolved into his science fiction writing. When he was twelve, he became fascinated with the pterodactyl and Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur ride at the Chicago Century of Progress Fair. The 'Sinclair Oil's frozen-in-place paper-mache prehistoric monsters were on the world's first animatronic display. The moving platform provided a four-minute jaunt back to the Past.
First, he's soared into the future in his imagination toward the cosmos.Read more ›
Ray Bradbury is one of the early SciFi champions, a strong presence in my youth. His science fiction works are imaginative and satisfying, and based far enough in the future (or heavily enough in fiction) that they still contain largely unfulfilled dreams. As a small part of this essay collection, Bradbury unabashedly promotes the idea of manned space travel and colonization, at least to Mars, and perhaps interstellar. I find his rationale for these endeavors to be weak, compared with the costs using current or foreseeable non-fictional technologies.
The writing here is mostly straightforward and enjoyable. The essays could be described variously as funny, interesting, and insightful. The serious essay I found most interesting is "The Affluence of Despair: America Through the Looking Glass," where the author analyzes the rampant pessimism of the America of 1998 (and things haven't changed much). A few of the personal anecdotes are belly laugh material-- especially the essay describing Mr. Bradbury's first airplane trip.
I'd put a few essays in the categories of low-interest or overblown. Here and there, Bradbury's literature excursions are so far from my reading experience that they are lost on me.Read more ›
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What I like mostly about this book is the fact there about 8 -10 unpublished essays or forewards included here, then some I have never seen before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Terralavoro
Essays about everything - I really liked the ones about SF especially, but most of the others were enjoyable also - Bradbury's writing style is evident even in short form - and... Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
RAY BRADBURY: over the years has been writing about computers and why they are not creative and why they restrict creativity... Read morePublished on August 9, 2007 by Robert Whitaker Sirignano
I got this for my daughter. It was just what she wanted. I got it quickly and it looked in brand new condition.Published on January 9, 2007 by W. Seltzer
My report was done on Bradbury Speaks Too soon from the cave, too far from the stars. At first this book looked very interesting. Read morePublished on November 7, 2005 by Trent Battlefront