Ray Bradbury's Genius

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Ray Bradbury's Genius Rocket. That must have been Ray Bradbury's first word. The word "rocket" is the basis for any and all science fiction novels. Without such a diverse tool, science fiction would not be half as popular as it is today. Mr. Bradbury isn't the greatest sci-fi writer of all time, but he is most assuredly one of the top 20, (at least I think so). Born Ray Douglas Bradbury on August 22, 1920 in a little town known as Waukegan in Illinois. In 1926, Mr. Bradbury's family moved to Tucson Illinois where his father searched for work. During the next fourteen years, Mr. Bradbury moved between the two cities six times (wow). In 1934, however, Mr. Bradbury moved to Los Angeles, California. He proceeded to graduate for L.A. High and sold newspapers while critiquing his writing skills with his personal typewriter. Loving his newfound talent, he began selling his short stories to magazines that gave him widespread recognition throughout the country. He received the award of Best American Short Stories in 1945 for "The Big Black and White Game". From there he began writing short story novels and has been very successful ever since (Internet source). The purpose of this essay for me was to find out what the worlds' critics thought and wrote of Mr. Bradbury. I have found much and have in many ways enlightened myself in the sense of everyone having their own opinion of people. Thus it begins … The Martian Chronicles are a classic example of the true nature of science fiction. The first short story begins with the first of three expeditions to Mars in the year 1999. Led by Capt. Nathaniel York and his assistant, the two men land on Mars only to meet their deaths at the hands of a jealous Martian h... ... middle of paper ... ...r, and that this day and age isn't one for imagination. A shame, many may learn what humanity is all about if they could only dream. Bibliography: Works Cited 1. Riley, Carolyn (Editor); Contemporary Literary Criticism V. 1, Gale Research Company 1973. Pages used: 42, 43 2. Magill, Frank N. (Editor); Cyclopedia of World Authors 2 V. 1, Salem Press 1989. Pages used: 235-238. 3. Magill, Frank N. (Editor); Survey of Science Fiction Literature V.3, Salem Press 1979. Pages used: 1348-52. 4. Magill, Frank N. (Editor); Magill's survey of American Literature V. 1, Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 1991. Pages used: 246-258. 5. Magill, Frank N. (Editor); Cyclopedia of Literary Characters 2 V.3, Salem Press 1990. Pages used: 979. 6. Ray Bradbury Biography; http://209.130.6.102/bradbury/biograpgy.htm. Date used: 5-11-00. (2 pages)

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