Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Why Ray Bradbury's science fiction stories have seeped into the culture ~ The National Post:
by Nathaniel Rich, Slate.com
....Ray Bradbury is one of the most prolific writers of our time -- and our parents' time and our grandparents' time. As he approaches his 90th birthday, he continues to publish, his pace slowed only slightly by a stroke that requires him to write by dictation. (His daughter is his amanuensis; he calls her on the telephone and she faxes him back the typed pages.) Thanks to Fahrenheit 451, now required reading for every American middle-schooler, Bradbury is generally thought of as a writer of novels, but his talents--particularly his mastery of the diabolical premise and the brain-exploding revelation -- are best suited to the short form. Two of his better-known novels, The Martian Chronicles and Dandelion Wine, are story collections in disguise, and even Fahrenheit 451 began as The Fireman, a short story.
Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=3036244#ixzz0oJ7AHk5c