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  1. Ray Bradbury, a master of science fiction

    Celebrating the author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.

    ”People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it.” Ray Bradbury has been acclaimed as the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream but, as the quote above shows, he regarded himself as the author of modern philosophical fables, rather than a sci-fi writer. In his dystopian works, such as Fahrenheit 451, he holds up a mirror to contemporary society and then transposes it into fantastical and futuristic scenarios. Bradbury was a prolific writer who tried his hand at everything from poems and novels to TV and radio scripts but it’s his early short stories which he produced in his twenties that are perhaps the most imaginative.

    To mark the centenary of Bradbury’s birth, Rajan Datar is joined by three Bradbury experts to help him navigate through the author’s prodigious output: Professor Jonathan Eller from Indiana University who is also the Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies; Dr. Miranda Corcoran who teaches American literature at University College Cork with particular interest in science fiction, horror and the gothic; and Dr. Phil Nichols who combines research into Bradbury’s TV and other media work with the teaching of Film and Television Production at Wolverhampton University.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszjvr

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  2. Selected Shorts - The Sun and the Moon

    Fantasy writer Italo Calvino offers a fable about love on and off the moon. “The Distance of the Moon” is read by Broadway star Liev Schreiber. And sci-fi master Ray Bradbury imagines life on a sunless Venus, where it has rained for seven years. Michael Cerveris reads “All Summer in a Day.”

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  3. Bradbury’s Tale: A ‘Wicked’ Read, A Haunted Book : NPR

    It wasn’t just the creepy carnival that drew Seth Grahame-Smith to Something Wicked This Way Comes. It was also the book’s frank portrayal of parents who don’t behave like grown-ups. Do you remember when you realized your parents weren’t perfect? Tell us about it in the comments.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/150727050/something-wicked-a-haunting-must-read

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  4. How Ray Bradbury Changed The World

    How the amazing Ray Bradbury changed science fiction, literature, and the world.

    Sam Weller, professor of fiction writing at Columbia College in Chicago. He’s the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.

    Gary Wolfe, award-winning science fiction editor, critic, and biographer. Professor of humanities at Roosevelt University.

    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/06/08/how-ray-bradbury

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  5. Ray Bradbury: The Fresh Air Interview : NPR

    Ray Bradbury has been awarded the 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. He is the author of over 23 books, including I Sing the Body Electric, The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, all classics of science fiction. Bradbury created the scenario for the U.S. Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and the concept for Spaceship Earth at EPCOT at Disney World. In the early ’60s, he wrote screenplays for the television programs The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

    http://www.npr.org/2000/11/17/1114088/writer-ray-bradbury

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  6. NEA’s The Big Read: Fahrenheit 451

    The National Endowment for the Arts presents a radio show about the classic Science Fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This episode is narrated by Dana Gioia and features Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Paquito D’Rivera, Hector Elizondo, Nat Hentoff, Ursula K. Le Guin, Azar Nafisi, Luis Alberto Urrea and Sam Weller.

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