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US author born in Waukegan Ill on Aug 22 1920 In his stories Bradbury wove together the intrigue of changing technology with insightful social commentary One of his best-known works was The Martian Chronicles a collection of interrelated stories concerning colonization of the planet Mars those attracted readers both young and old In it Bradbury portrayed the strengths and weaknesses of human beings as they encountered a new worldRay 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 Bradburys 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 motion picture in 1966 and The Martian Chronicles later appeared both as a motion picture and a television miniseriesIn 1954 Bradbury was honored with an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters for his contribution to American literature In 1956 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 such dramas as 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 PopeBradburys short film Icarus Montgolfier Wright was nominated for an Academy award in 1963 Bradbury also wrote for television including eight episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents His
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