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I recently found an old VHS tape of the 1986 made-for-TV film, WALKING ON AIR, which aired on PBS and starred Lynn Redgrave. It's the story of a wheelchair-bound 12-year-old boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut and walking in space, and was based on a story by Ray Bradbury. Fortunately, I still have a VHS player and was able to watch the film for the first time. (I don't think it is currently available on DVD or Blu-Ray.) While no classic, it was a very nice family film which, for me, had a great message: never give up on your dreams.
 
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To my knowledge this was Ray's only story about a disabled character unless you count elderly people in wheelchairs and he caught hell for it.
 
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The film was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 1987, in the category of "Outstanding Children's Program".

Here is what the reviewer for the Los Angeles Times had to say about the film when it aired:

“ 'Walking on Air' is quintessential Bradbury--fantasy infused with hope, optimism and a keen, unbridled appreciation of the good things life has to offer (to most of us, anyway) if only we’d pay attention."

And the reviewer for the New York Times wrote:

" 'Walking on Air' is an encouragement to the handicapped, a lesson to their detractors, a cautionary tale for parents inclined toward inhibiting their children, a paean to teachers who ignite their students' dreams and an inspiration to anyone who has ever struggled against earthbound imaginations."

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The TV Guide published some of the nastier viewer letters.
 
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I've never heard of this!

Since the teleplay is by Ed Kaplan, where is Ray's story? It's not one of his collected works, and there's nothing of that title by him listed in ISFDB. It's also not listed among the unpublished stories in THE LIFE OF FICTION.

Was it published (in print) anywhere at all?
 
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douglasSP, like you, I am not aware of Ray's story for this film ever being published.
 
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I wondered if the story was never published due to all the attacks after the TV show aired, but since it gained critical acclaim I can't explain this.
 
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I had a look on Phil's website, but I could find no mention of the movie.
 
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douglasSP, the film is there. Go to Phil's website, click on "Ray Bradbury Film and TV" in the right-hand column, and scroll down to the year 1986. It's a relatively short entry, with the information taken from the on-line Internet Movie Database.
 
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Thanks, Richard! I must've scrolled right past it.
 
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