Never-before-published stories from the prolific - and increasingly
nostalgic - author of classics such as Fahrenheit 451 and The
Martian Chronicles.In the introduction to this collection, Bradbury
(Now and Forever, 2007, etc.) advises the reader to "enjoy" the
stories rather than "think about them too much. Just try to love
them as I love them," and these are indeed stories for enjoyment
rather than for existential agony. We find here the usual range:
some stories are sci-fi right out of the 1950s, some are eerily
edgy, and some are a bit dewy-eyed. In "Fly Away Home," Bradbury
revisits familiar territory, the colonization of Mars. After a
six-month, 60-million-mile voyage on the First Rocket, the pioneers
almost immediately feel alienated and alone on the harsh Red
planet, but the team psychiatrist had anticipated this estrangement
and arranged for a Second Rocket to arrive, one containing all the
accoutrements of Main Street and its sentimental attachments to the
home planet - the crew is even able to get pineapple malts at the
Martian drugstore. In "Arrival and Departure," one of Bradbury's
most poignant flights of fancy, an old couple finally escapes their
dreary indoor life and exultingly drinks in the glories of spring
only to discover by the end of the day that they're much more
comfortable in the circumscribed and lonely life they've been
living in their house. In the amusing "A Literary Encounter,"
Charlie takes on the persona of whatever literary work he happens
to be reading at the moment. His wife Marie is not too pleased when
Charlie's reading the expansive Thomas Wolfe or the ultraformal
Samuel Johnson, so she persuades him to get reacquainted with the
ten romantic books he was absorbed in when he was courting
her.Nothing too surprising, but the stories are pleasant and
evocative. (Kirkus Reviews)
From one of the greatest living literary imaginations and the
celebrated author of FAHRENHEIT 451 comes a collection of
never-before-published effortlessly beautiful tales. Recently
described in The Times as 'the uncrowned poet laureate of science
fiction' Ray Bradbury has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer
Prize special citation in 2007 and an Emmy. In this new volume of
never-before-published stories, follow a space shuttle crew as they
voyage sixty million miles from home, discover what happens when a
writer 'with the future's eye' believes his friend to be writing
stories aboard a UFO, and listen in on a couple talking themselves
backwards through time to the moment when they first held hands.
This entertaining and gripping collection is a treasure trove of
Bradbury gems - eerie and strange, nostalgic and bittersweet,
searching and speculative - to delight readers of all ages.
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