Bradbury, Ray: 

Science fiction, fantasy, small town life and small town people are the materials from which Ray Bradbury weaves his unique and magical stories of the natural and the supernatural, the past, the present and the future. There are spaceship and dragons, time machines, new planets, and new science, but it is real people reacting in their personal human ways to the phenomena of a strange world that give the haunting beauty that won critical acclaim for Bradbury’s books.

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has 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.

Hardcover First Edition coffee table format.

The Martian Chronicles: the Definitive Edition

In the course of his long, illustrious career, Ray Bradbury has created some of the most memorable and enduring fiction of our time. While no one work can adequately represent the range and depth of his achievement, it may well be that 'The Martian Chronicles' will come to stand as his most singular accomplishment. A visionary account of the first attempt to extend the human enterprise to another planet, this unique and resonant book is both a seminal work of science fiction and a permanent addition to modern popular culture.

The episodic saga begins during the “rocket summer” of 1999, when the first outbound ships depart for Mars, leaving the bleak Ohio winter behind. It ends, 27 years later, during a “million year picnic” which casts a harsh, reflective light on an entire civilization. Along the way, Bradbury introduces a gallery of distinctive characters, all of whom have powerful reasons for seeking a newer life. Some are actively escaping—from racism, from political and cultural repression, from the never-ending prospect of war. Some are actively searching—for adventure, for uncharted horizons, for a sense of spiritual renewal. Together, they create a frontier society as complex, varied, and tragically flawed as the one they left behind.

The result is a work of philosophical humanism filled with memorable scenes and indelible images. A wealthy settler builds a new “House of Usher” and wages bloody war against a dull and lifeless bureaucracy. Translucent “fire balloons” offer intricate lessons in matters of the spirit. A telepathic Martian helplessly absorbs the hopes, grief, and memories of the surrounding human populace. A solitary survivor creates an automated family to help keep loneliness at bay. Moments like these offer something deeper and grander than simple entertainment. As the author pointedly reminds us: “It is good to renew one’s wonder.” The Martian Chronicles accomplishes this task with wit, grace, and unselfconscious artistry. It will doubtless continue to do so for generations to come.

With more than 50 stories, essays, introductions and two full-length screenplays by Bradbury himself, The Martian Chronicles: The Definitive Edition is a volume for the permanent shelf, one which chronicles the evolution of Bradbury’s Mars from the original classic volume and beyond. Includes five new, full-color plates by Edward Miller commissioned especially for this edition.

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A limited numbered edition (1000 copies signed by the artists) housed in an illustrated slipcase and including the collections R IS FOR ROCKET and S IS FOR SPACE with each story featuring a specially commissioned greyscale illustration from Glenn Chadbourne.

Short stories were the form where Bradbury did much of his best work and clearly the form in which he preferred to write most often. He produced eleven novels, many of which were fix-ups of earlier short stories, while he produced between 400 and 600 individual short stories. 

The collection titled 'R is for Rocket’ was first published back in 1962, specifically for a burgeoning new book audience: Young Adult readers. He intended it as a greeting card to young readers of SF as they were aging into the adult sections, saying, “Hey, if you like these stories, check out my other books when you’re old enough.” And what a greeting card it is…

Rocket takes some of the best stories from previous collections and places them into one book. Such classics include “The Fog Horn,” “A Sound of Thunder,” “The Long Rain,” “The Exiles,” “Uncle Einar,” “Here There Be Tygers,” and “The Dragon.” Additionally, the final two stories featured—“The Time Machine” and “A Sound of Summer Running”—are tales he eventually incorporated into his novel Dandelion Wine. It’s the literary equivalent of a sample platter. Four years later Bradbury followed it up with a companion collection ‘S is for Space’. 


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