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The Illustrated Man Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 1, 1997
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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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And, oh, what stories are told. As a science fiction writer, it is no surprise that the majority of Bradbury's stories have to do with space and the future (heck, all of space was in the future when these stories were written in the early 50s). Additionally, the majority of the tales are pretty bleak, dealing with dark themes of revenge, futile searches for paradise, and Armageddon. However, save for their near-universal excellence, thought-provocation, and prescience, the similarities end there.
Among them: Mars is colonized by black people who have left Earth's prejudices, and await with apprehension the arrival of a white-piloted rocket ship from their former homeland; another planet's soldiers attack Earth and are surprised at the warm welcome they receive, only to learn that they can be conquered by Earth's lousy diet, sedentary ways, and shallow culture as easily as by the planet's military; an assembly of priests travels to Mars to learn about Martian sins, so as to spread God's word and earn converts of the Red plant; an entire city is built with the concept of vengeance in mind, by its citizens who were to perish before being able to exact that revenge themselves; the authors of classic tales of horror, whose works are banned on Earth, are themselves exiled to Mars and only kept alive by the few remaining copies not burned for censorship.
There are a couple of lame ducks herein, but even those are salvaged by the beauty of Bradbury's writing. His metaphors and descriptive devices flow from the pages and grant a macabre beauty to even the most desolate of landscapes.
Bradbury's classic examinations of the dark and melancholy side of humanity are well represented here as always, with his trademark poetic writing style and underlying sense of creeping dread. The classic virtual reality tale "The Veldt" is found here, with the typical misuse-of-technology theme presented in an unexpectedly haunting fashion. More evidence that the stock sci-fi themes are merely a thin backdrop can be seen in "The Other Foot," a chilling examination of race relations; or "The Rocket," which deals with the yearning of regular people to reach beyond the confines of Earth. Other winning stories include "Kaleidoscope" and "The Long Rain" which are haunting tales of how human nature can still undermine the greatest achievements of cold technology. So don't concern yourself with the typical sci-fi backdrop, and get in tune with what Ray Bradbury is really talking about.
The tattooed wandering man is a terrifying canvas of brillant skin art and darkened dreams. A hated circus performer "condemmed to be free" as a morbid living gallery- each tatoo moves and glows animately; this anthology treats us to the best of the pulp Bradbury of the fifties. As Rod Serling told us in his TWILIGHT ZONE introduction we are transported from the depth of our fears to the heights of our imagination. Rocketing from the past to the future to the subconscious we are invited to a world where...
A holographic Africa is so consuming that it...well... consumes.
Time travellers from the totalitarian future must travel to 1938 for vacation only to find that they can never escape the future.
An explosion rocks a spaceship... disgorging astronauts- making its crew satellites left to face their personal angst and collective end.
An artifical sun provides respite from the grey rain world of Venus, but only if the spacewreck survivors are willing to pay a price finding it.
A used rocket never travels to space but reveals the heart of a poor kind father,not the solar system,to his long suffering wife.
A man heals and performs miracles in world after world, yet can only be met through faith not a rocket trip.
A playground becomes a portal to the hell of childhood.
A couple go to sleep on the last night of the world and forget to set the alarm clock.
A man's robot duplicate has ideas of his own on where to vacation next.
Poe gets revenge against future thought police from a die hard fan who manages to make others die.Read more ›
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Bought it for my son as an introduction to Bradbury's writing. He's experiencing some good ol' fashion sci-fi literature!Published 13 days ago by Robert Rootes
I read this when I was a kid and had completely forgotten it. It's Dickensian.Published 14 days ago by CT reader
craziness and a bit dark... ok really dark... you need to step away between short stories to not be too depressed, but they definitely make you think and I love a book that makes... Read morePublished 1 month ago by life's journey
Bradbury writes a fantastic cross section of stories that peer at the wonders on the mind and dark corners of the soul.Published 1 month ago by Steven Fournier
I've loved Bradbury's writing since I was first introduced to some of his short stories in elementary school and later read some of his novels in Junior High and High School. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
i got an older edition while the cover page says different. but it is the same on the inside just the smell is not so good.Published 2 months ago by xin ran
I picked up the collection after it being recommended to me on the Huffington Post's list of the best books for October. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lexington G. Green