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Yestermorrow: Obvious Answers to Impossible Futures Paperback – January 1, 1993

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More fizz than tonic, Bradbury's exuberant essays are intended to evoke a sense of wonder, of humanity's limitless possibilities. Intellectually lazy pieces include panegyrics to Federico Fellini and to science fiction ("the most important fiction ever invented by writers") and a blueprint for a "People Machine"--sort of an enticing, humanized shopping mall "to make the small town work again." In a starry-eyed style that borders on self-parody, Bradbury ( The Martian Chronicles ) spins boyish fantasies about time travel and the holographic theater of the future. His dabblings in art and literary criticism elicit purple prose ("Van Gogh owns all the sunflowers that ever sprouted from seed and ran their juices to turn their clock faces to follow noon"). Elsewhere he crows about his epistolary relationship with a fan, Bernard Berenson, and recalls his acquaintance with Walt Disney. This collection is strictly for hardcore Bradbury enthusiasts
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Joshua Odell Editions; Reprint edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877741086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877741081
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
YESTERMORROW is a collection of essays by Ray Bradbury. Some of them are reflections upon places in Bradbury's past while others are musings on dreamed-up future possibilities. In these writings Bradbury touches upon everything from art, literature, history, science fiction, architecture, and music. Like many of Bradbury's other non-fiction works, YESTERMORROW is a unique blend. I enjoy reading Bradbury. He's a gifted American writer who next to Asimov and Verne stands as one of the giants and grandfathers of science fiction writing. That's not to say, however, that YESTERMORROW is without its faults. The book was originally published in 1991, therefore all of the writings were written before 1990. Some of the essays, especially the ones musing about the future, actually seem dated now. The world is a far drastic place than it was in 1990, but all the changes haven't been far the better. It is a brave, grim world in which we live now. Nevertheless, despite this, one cannot fault the soulful optimism in which Bradbury writes. Personally, I think the strongest pieces in the book are "The Renaissance Prince and the Baptist Martian" in which Bradbury writes about his relationship with Renaissance scholar Bernard Berenson, "Federico Fellini" where Bradbury talks about the genius of Fellini's filmmaking, and "The Hipbone of Abraham L" which describes Bradbury's relationship with the Walt Disney company and how he came in possession of Abraham Lincoln's hipbone. YESTERMORROW probably isn't a book that an average reader will enjoy, but it is a book that fans of Bradbury and those interested in the history of popular culture can take something away.
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By Rich Stoehr on February 22, 2015
Format: Paperback
"Why the positive bias? Why the inclination toward optimism? Because optimism has only meant one thing to me - the chance to behave optimally. Hip-deep, that is, in our genetics, we behave up to the limit of our blood and brains. We have done it before. We have done it often." - Ray Bradbury, "Beyond 1984"

Ray Bradbury is known for his flights of imagination in fiction - as far-flung as Mars and as close as our own backyard, he has imagined worlds for us to enjoy and inhabit in our minds. Which is why it shouldn't be a surprise that, when reading a collection of essays and ideas he had about architecture and city planning and why science fiction is important fiction, it should not be a surprise that his imagination is no less rich, no less vibrant. Many of these essays were published previously, not in science fiction magazines, but in publications like 'Designers West' and 'West: The Los Angeles Times Magazine.' In short, these are Bradbury's ideas for us.

In these essays, he laments the loss of connection and hopes for better, envisioning not the stale shopping malls of today but city centers that tease the senses and excite the imagination - we see repeated themes such as bookstores that whisper promises of the stories held within, interactive tours where everyone is an Adventurer through time and place, and soda fountains with a hundred seats. These are not only places to shop, but places to meet and talk and see one another. In other essays, Bradbury praises Walt Disney for creating wonderlands for the pure love of the creation, and Fellini for the way he captured our imagination on film. Reading through them, I couldn't help but be caught up in these concepts and dreams - what if they could happen? What if they were real? What if, what if, what if?
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