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Ray Bradbury

             A biography on an author known as Ray Bradbury.
             Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. In his stories, Bradbury put together the intrigue of the changing technology with insight to social commentary. .
             One his best known works was "The Martian Chronicles", a collection of interrelated stories concerning colonization of the planet Mars, those attracted readers of both young and old. In it Bradbury showed the strengths and weaknesses of human beings as they encountered a new world. .
             Ray Bradbury grew up in Waukegan and in Los Angeles, where he founded a magazine called Futuria Fantasia while in high school. He sold his first short story when he was 21 years old. His early stories were published in pulp magazines, but Bradbury later published stories in such mainstream magazines as the New Yorker, Mademoiselle, and the Saturday Evening Post. His science fiction and fantasy short story collections included "The Martian Chronicles", "The Illustrated Man", and "Dinosaur Tales". Bradbury's 1980 collection, the Stories of Ray Bradbury, covers a wide range of topics, none of which is truly science fiction. His novels included: Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Fahrenheit 451 was made into a movie in 1966, and The Martian Chronicles later appeared both as a movie and a television miniseries. In 1954 Bradbury was honored with an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters for his contribution to American literature. .
             In 191956 he collaborated with John Huston to create the screenplay for "Moby Dick". In addition to fiction Bradbury wrote "Zen and the Art of Writing" and also published others such as dramas like: "The Anthem Sprinters", "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, The Pedestrian", and volumes of poetry including "When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed", "Where Robot Mice & Robot Men Run Around in Robot Towns", and "The Haunted computer and the Android Pope".

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