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Appreciating Ray Bradbury

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 13:58:10 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Noted science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91. Bradbury was an Illinois native, born in Waukegan. Illinois State University English Professor Chris Breau says Bradbury opened the world to him.


Breau says Bradbury was part of a whole generation of mid-century science fiction authors who elevated the genre to philosophical sophistication and used it to discuss issues of political import.

Bradbury wote everything from science-fiction and mystery to humor. Bradbury transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and discordant visions of small town America. He also scripted the 1956 film version of ``Moby Dick'' and wrote for ``The Twilight Zone.'' Bradbury's series of stories in ``The Martian Chronicles'' was a Cold War morality tale in which events on another planet served as a commentary on life on this planet. It has been published in more than 30 languages.

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