The Bradbury Chronicles

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Ray Bradbury is the most anthologized short story writer in the world today. Every year, his New York agent sells between 300-500 stories for use in various popular are literary collections, both here and overseas. Despite the fact that his output has significantly diminished during the last 10 years, Bradbury's popularity remains an all-time high. Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, had been made into movies, and many of his stories have reached the screen in other forms. Bradbury was the first of a humanistic science fiction writers to attain widespread recognition. Publication of his most famous collection of stories, The Martian Chronicles, confirmed that position as a leading exponent of gadgetless science fiction. Dr. Slusser provides a complete survey of Bradbury's work, from his first story, Pendulum to his latest collection, Long After Midnight, published by Knopf in 1976.

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About the author (1977)

George E. Slusser was born in San Francisco, California on July 14, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, a Diplôme d'Études Françaises from the Université of Poitiers, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University. He was curator emeritus of the University of California, Riverside's Eaton Collection and professor emeritus of comparative literature, joined the UCR Library in 1979 and, beginning in 1991, held a joint position as professor of comparative literature until his retirement in 2005. During his lifetime, he wrote or edited nearly 40 books including Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. LeGuin, The Bradbury Chronicles, Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin, The Space Odysseys of Arthur C. Clarke, and The Delany Intersection: Samuel R. Delany Considered as a Writer of Semi-Precious Words. He also co-authored several books with his wife, Danièle Châtelain-Slusser, including Three Science Fiction Novellas: From Prehistory to the End of Mankind and a study of Balzac's The Centenarian. In 1986, he received the Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in the field of science fiction scholarship. He died on November 4, 2014 at the age of 75.

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