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The Illustrated Man That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published inis fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury s work Only his second collection the first was Dark Carnival, later reworked into The October Country , it is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos What s even remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as The Veldt, wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge Or Kaleidoscope, a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere without the benefit of a spaceship Or Zero Hour, in which invading aliens have discovered a most logical ally our own children Even though most were written in the s and s, theseclassic stories will be just as chillingly effectiveyears from nowStanley WiaterContents Prologue The Illustrated Man ss The Veldt The World the Children Made ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep Kaleidoscope ss Thrilling Wonder Stories OctThe Other Foot ss New Story Magazine MarThe Highway as by Leonard Spalding ss Copy SprThe Man ss Thrilling Wonder Stories FebThe Long Rain Death by Rain ss Planet Stories SumThe Rocket Man ss Maclean s Mar The Fire Balloons In This Sign ss Imagination AprThe Last Night of the World ss Esquire FebThe Exiles The Mad Wizards of Mars ss Maclean s Sep FSF WinNo Particular Night or Morning ss The Fox and the Forest To the Future ss Colliers May The Visitor ss Startling Stories NovThe Concrete Mixer ss Thrilling Wonder Stories AprMarionettes, Inc Marionettes, Inc ss Startling Stories MarThe City Purpose ss Startling Stories JulZero Hour ss Planet Stories FllThe Rocket Outcast of the Stars ss Super Science Stories MarEpilogue aw

About the Author: Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has publishedthan thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared inthan 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.

10 thoughts on “The Illustrated Man

  1. Lyn Lyn says:

    I read a review once that described Robert A Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways kind of a loveable rogue Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old professor whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities His stories are a

  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony he was an imaginative genius, nothingnothing less Bradbury picks the bones of society clean he gnaws at them until he exposes the reality of the marrow beneath Each story in here has a piece of wisdom to share, a resolution or disaster that could have been easily avoided if

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    And I think it s gonna be a long long time Till touch down brings me round again to findI m not the man they think I am at homeOh no no no I m a rocket manRocket man burning out his fuse up here alone Rocket Man Elton John Inspired by a story from The Illustrated ManSometimes when I read Ray Bradbury, I feel like I am not worthy.That was definitely the case this time Not just a 5 star book all th

  4. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    The first few stories were AMAZING, and with the exception of a fewthat I enjoyed later on, the rest of the stories were pretty boring They were all really futuristic and most had to do with Mars in some way, which I thought was cool Most of the stories also had very clear moral lessons, so they re great stories to read aloud maybe not to small children, but I m sure older kids would enjoy them My favorit

  5. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Reading Bradbury a second and third time is like exploring a natural wonder, findinganddetails and interconnections and wonderingandabout how something like this can be both created and function so well The amazing thing is that, while recalling the short stories after getting absorbed by them, one realizes that there is often no real violence, many outer plots, explosions and kidnappings Just the inner worlds of

  6. Apatt Apatt says:

    he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green and gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his ches

  7. RJ from the LBC RJ from the LBC says:

    Bradbury s classic short story collection includes some Golden Age gems and some duds too Prologue The Illustrated Man 3 5 framing story that starts off the collection The Veldt 5 5 you can take the kids out of the veldt, but you can t take the veldt out of the kids Kaleidoscope 3 5 dying astronauts final thoughts and wishes The Other Foot 5 5 what happens when a rocket brings a Caucasian to an African American settlement on Mars w

  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    I shall remain on Mars and read a bookRay Bradbury, The Illustrated ManRay Bradbury is forever connected to my youth He is 180 proof literary, pulp, scifi nostalgia I remember reading him for fun, reading him anthologized, reading him again and again I permanently dented my aunt s couch one summer reading Vonnegut and Bradbury I ve recently returned to him as a father and an adult and get to re establish connection to this great writer of A

  9. Maciek Maciek says:

    This is one of Ray Bradbury s earliest collections of short stories, and the concept behind is quite brilliant On an early September day in Wisconsin, the unnamed narrator meets the eponymous Illustrated Man a wandering carnie with incredible images tattooed across his body They are detailed, colorful and mysterious, and able to move on their own the narrator counts eighteen different illustrations, each depicting what the Illustrated Man claims to

  10. Ivan Ivan says:

    Better than I expected and I expected a lot.Like Martian chronicle this is book of sci fi short stories and like Martian chronicle there is lotgoing on beneath the surface.As with all short story collections not all of stories are same quality and not all deserve 5 stars but even lowest point of this book is pretty damn high.

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