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The Illustrated Man Mass Market Paperback – 1952
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Bantam Books, 1952. Mass market paperback, First Bantam edition: published April, 1952; 1st printing March 1952. "The Illustrated Man" is a book of eighteen science fiction short stories by Ray Bradbury that explores the nature of mankind. A recurring theme throughout the eighteen stories is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the psychology of people. It was nominated for the International Fantasy Award in 1952, and today is considered a seminal work of science fiction.
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"The Veldt" is probably my favorite here, as is "The Long Rain." "The Other Foot." "The Highway." "Marionettes, Inc." So many great stories ranging from Sci-Fi to horror to whatever it is that Bradbury weaves for us.
The fact that all these stories were written before 1952 is really "amazing"!
Ray Bradbury's obession with space, astronauts, Mars, peoples overall greed, laziness & reliance on computers/technology in the future were rampant throughout all the stories, but he makes it work well, as usual.
Personally I'm not a big fan of science fiction or space stories, but these stories draw in you easily.
The book has 18 individual stories, the prologue, the very last story in the book, which is titled "The Illustrated Man" and the epilogue are only three times the (illustrated man) is mentioned.
The stories are all individuals, they don't run together to make one final story or anything.
A few of the stories are so, so, but there were several that after reading them, I was left thinking, WOW!, they are:
The Other Foot (5 star quality)
The Man (5 star quality)
The Long Rain
The Fox and the Forest
The City (5 star quality)
I really don't know how Ray Bradbury slept peacefully with all these stories and all the other stuff he wrote swirling around in his mind.
The only other Bradbury book I have read is "Fahrenheit 451", which was also really thought provoking and good.
Looking forward to reading more of Ray Bradbury's novels when I get the chance......