Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Bradbury Beyond Apollo

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"Celebrated storyteller, cultural commentator, friend of astronauts, prophet of the Space Age-by the end of the 1960s, Ray Bradbury had attained a level of fame and success rarely achieved by authors, let alone authors of science fiction and fantasy. He had also embarked on a phase of his career that found him exploring new creative outlets while reinterpreting his classic tales for generations of new fans. Drawing on numerous interviews with Bradbury and privileged access to personal papers and private collections, Jonathan R. Eller examines the often-overlooked second half of Bradbury's working life. As Bradbury's dreams took him into a wider range of nonfiction writing and public lectures, the diminishing time that remained for creative pursuits went toward Hollywood productions like the award-winning series Ray Bradbury Theater. Bradbury developed the Spaceship Earth narration at Disney's EPCOT Center; appeared everywhere from public television to NASA events to comic conventions; published poetry; and mined past triumphs for stage productions that enjoyed mixed success. Distracted from storytelling as he became more famous, Bradbury nonetheless published innovative experiments in autobiography masked as detective novels, the well-received fantasy The Halloween Tree and the masterful time travel story "The Toynbee Convector." Yet his embrace of celebrity was often at odds with his passion for writing, and the resulting tension continuously pulled at his sense of self. The revelatory conclusion to the acclaimed three-part biography, Bradbury Beyond Apollo tells the story of an inexhaustible creative force seeking new frontiers"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
ISBN: 9780252043413
0252043413
Branch Call Number: B Bradbury, Ray ELL
Characteristics: xiii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2021

This is the third and final volume of Eller’s fine ongoing biography of writer Ray Bradbury. Eller is the Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI here in Indianapolis.

In this installment, Eller examines Bradbury’s later years (1971-2012), when he was doing little original fi... Read More »


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 19, 2021

This is the third and final volume of Eller’s fine ongoing biography of writer Ray Bradbury. Eller is the Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI here in Indianapolis.

In this installment, Eller examines Bradbury’s later years (1971-2012), when he was doing little original fiction writing. Bradbury was spending most of his creative effort on screenplays of his longer fiction, turning his short stories into episodes of the television series *Ray Bradbury Theatre* or live theatrical plays, and writing poetry. With the assistance of his editors, he did finally finish up a number of book collections and story cycles that had been in the works for decades. However, he may have spent the greatest amount of energy on public appearances, especially in support of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and in constant promotion of a Mars exploration program.

Bradbury had a long life of accomplishment and was friends with some of the most fascinating people in the realms of film and literature. The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies was the recipient of Ray Bradbury’s personal files and his entire home office, as well as the recipient of the files of Donn Albright, Bradbury’s longtime close friend, bibliographer, and sometimes editor and agent. In addition, Eller himself was a good friend of Bradbury and his family for many years and was able to talk with and interview Bradbury for “countless hours”.

Eller has provided us with a truly fascinating look at a writer’s life that was as varied as anyone could imagine having.

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