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What, in your opinion, is Ray Bradbury's greatest work? This can be a novel, short story collection (or just one story), screenplay, or something completely different e.g. his acting in the now infamous prunes commercial, which I seriously believe had potential for greatness.

For me, it has always been 'The Golden Apples of the Sun'. I think that it's his most perfect short-story book, a collection of literary diamonds!

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...which is in GOLDEN APPLES, and one reason why said collection is so great!


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For me, it just must be Dandelion Wine.There are some times when I wake up in the middle of the night with an urge to open it--any page would do--and just dive in head first. It truly sends chills down my spine and, for some strange reason, through my nose. I love it!


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Impossible to choose! But, I first fell in love with R Is For Rocket and S Is for Space ...
 
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My first memory of reading Ray Bradbury was "R is for Rocket", followed by "S is for Space". When I walked into my elementary school library, the wall on the far right held the fiction section. I started at "A" but when I got to "B", those two volumes seemed to whisper to me, "Read me, there's magic inside." The dust jackets on both were from the first edition. When I see pictures of those dust jackets, I am immediately transported via a time machine to that very moment when I pulled them off the shelf and began reading by the library window.However, that was all the Bradbury I read until two or three years later. Those books will always be my first but the "real magic" came with my third Bradbury book.

I lived in a modest bungalow in the city, but every summer I would spend a week at my Uncle's farm. He had a two-storey house and my second floor bedroom looked out onto cornfields, rusted cars, a pond, and a big barn. In a corner of the bedroom were several paperbacks that my older cousin had read. One of them was "Dandelion Wine". I began to read it and with it my summer officially began. When I woke up the next morning, I felt like Douglas Spaulding. He surveyed Greentown from his third-story cupola bedroom. I surveyed the farm from my temporary second-story bedroom. I now must start every summer by reading several chapters from "Dandelion Wine". To me it's his best book/story. Why? Because it spoke to me, charged me, moved me, and entertained me. It still does.
 
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The lights are out. I've wished the magnificent maple tree that has for so many years greeted me each early morning at my third floor classroom window a fond and thankful farewell. The last book to show up mysteriously at my door for storing until autumn leaves begin to turn orange and yellow and red was - What else!? - Fahrenheit 451!

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Esquire just published their new list of "50 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time." They have THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES ranked as #3 on their list (only one book per author made the cut, so FAHRENHEIT 451 is not on the list). I don't know if I strictly agree with their choice, since MC is really science fantasy while F451 is definitely science fiction, but I won't quibble since both books are brilliant. The list is here: https://www.esquire.com/entert...4/best-sci-fi-books/

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I would have to distinguish between "greatest" and "favorite". I think Ray's greatest work...the one with the most influence...is his novel FAHRENHEIT 451. My favorite collection is THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN, the very first Ray Bradbury book/collection I ever read, and the one that made me a Bradbury fan for life. And my favorite individual story is "The October Game", which remains one of the scariest and creepiest stories I have ever read!
 
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Dandelion Wine may be my favorite.
 
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Richard, I agree with THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN as that is also my favorite Bradbury book (beats THE ILLUSTRATED MAN just by a hair). It's not his most influential book but it has my favorite individual story ("Hail and Farewell") and 3 others that are in my top 5 list ("The Fog Horn," "A Sound of Thunder," and "The Flying Machine"). "The October Game" is also a great story and one of the creepiest stories ever written; wow it is dark!
 
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I think maybe I told the story of how "The October Game" caused me to humiliate myself in Junior High School.
 
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THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN is the Bradbury title that is most overdue for a reprint with the original contents.

I was very disappointed when the recently announced Library of America reissues did not include Golden Apples in full.
 
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