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I thought it would be interesting to have a topic devoted to books or magazines that relate in some way to Ray Bradbury that are more obscure, for collectors that may wish to seek them out. The link below will take you to the cover of a small booklet published by Xerox and intended for use by teachers, THE WAY IT IS: WAITING FOR THE MAN. It contains Ray's fine story "The Other Foot" (featured on the cover). Other stories include "Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry and one of my all-time favorites, "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell:

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We had those other two stories in high school.
 
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Continuing with more obscure Ray Bradbury items, the link below will take you to a photo of the cover of BRADBURY: THE WRITER'S DIGEST INTERVIEW, a re-print of an interview with Ray printed in the February, 1976 issue of Writer's Digest magazine and conducted by Bob Jacobs, Ray's close personal friend and the man who in 2020 published a fine memoir of his relationship with Ray: RAY AND ME: MY FIFTY YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH RAY BRADBURY. (If Mr. Jacob's name sounds familiar, he also released the record album DARK CARNIVAL, a musical tribute to Ray on Tower Records.) I love the cover of the interview re-print, with Ray "blasting away" with his toy ray guns!

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The link below will take you to the cover of THE DRAGON, Ray's wonderful story about knights off to slay the creature, which turns out to be...well, I won't spoil it for anyone who may not have read the story! The story originally appeared in the August, 1955 issue of Esquire Magazine, and was later collected in A MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY (1959) and R IS FOR ROCKET (1962). This small book was published in 1988 by Footsteps Press, in an edition of 300 numbered and 26 lettered copies, all signed by Ray:

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We had that story in school, too.
 
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On April 9, 1980, Ray Bradbury was the guest speaker at an employee function for WED Enterprises, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions. During his address, he read the poem "Doing Is Being," which he had written specifically for the event. A few months later, WED Enterprises had Ray's wonderful poem reproduced on a sheet of mylar, and distributed it to employees. While it is uncertain how many copies of the poem were produced in this manner, it is unlikely to have been that many, given its scarcity:

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Subsequent to Anthony Boucher's review of DARK CARNIVAL in 1949, Ray Bradbury began submitting stories to the magazine edited by Mr. Boucher and J. Francis McComas, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. There is a fine, out-of-print paperback (published in 1982) of some of the best stories published in that magazine during the period from 1949 to 1954. It is called THE EUREKA YEARS, and was edited by Annette Peltz McComas. It includes stories by not only Ray, but such luminaries as Richard Matheson, Alfred Bester, Theodore Sturgeon and Philip K. Dick. What makes the book especially interesting is the inclusion of correspondence from the editors and the authors about their submitted stories. For example, in response to a rave letter from the editors about his story "Born of Man and Woman", Richard Matheson wrote: "I hope it won't shock you to learn it is the first story I ever sold in my life....I'm 23. I graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in June. Since then I have spent my days writing, working at night for sustenance."


The story by Ray in this collection is "The Exiles". The editors liked the story, but felt some of the characters didn't ring true, especially Ray's depiction of Ambrose Bierce and Nathaniel Hawthorne, which resulted in a series of back and forth letters in 1949. At one point, Ray wrote: "Sorry about THE EXILES. You're right about Bierce and Hawthorne. Put it down to the fact that I've never been a research man in my life, preferring to manufacture my fantasies out of whole cloth...." The changes Ray made to the story obviously satisfied the editors, as the story was eventually published by the magazine.

THE EUREKA YEARS is an excellent book. A link to the cover can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

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SUN AND SHADOW is a small book published by The Quenian Press in 1957. It was printed by Kenneth J. Carpenter for fellow members of the Roxburghe Club and other friends. (The Roxburghe Club was located in San Francisco, and its purpose was to further the love of fine printing and books in general.) The printing was limited to just 90 copies, and is considered one of the scarcest publications authorized by Ray Bradbury. (Ray's wonderful short story was first published in the March 17, 1953 issue of REPORTER, and was collected in THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN.) To view the cover of the book, click on the link below:

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