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What Bradbury Story Got You Started?
06 October 2004, 09:18 PMMathNerd182
What Bradbury Story Got You Started?
Dr. Iman, I also got hooked at 13 in english class when we read that same story. It is called "All Summer in a Day"
06 October 2004, 11:44 PMlmskipper
How interesting. In another post, mathnerd, you said you were 8.
07 October 2004, 10:52 AMKorby
Well, I certainly don't believe that mathnerd is 8! But perhaps he/she's in a different dimension, where you age a LOT faster!!
08 October 2004, 05:57 AMdandelion
Gotta see "Frost and Fire" for that. Either that or there's a backwards carousel running somewhere and we have an 18-year-old 8-year old on hand!
09 October 2004, 08:32 PMMoril
I started reading Bradbury so long ago I can't remember what the first story I read was... but I know that when I was younger, everything he wrote frightened and attracted me at the same time. He is truly a genius.
28 October 2004, 03:07 PMMechanicalHoundTrainer
To be honest, I didn't even know who Ray Bradbury was until my 9th grade English teacher had us read Fahrenheit 451. It has since become my favorite book... ever. Later, we read A Sound of Thunder, which became my favorite short story until 11th grade, when that same teacher introduced me to Usher II (my now MOST favorite short story).
28 October 2004, 05:04 PMBraling II
You're on the right path - one similar to my own when discovering Mr. B at around the same age. It just gets better and better!
Try "The Exiles" (in "The Illustrated Man") if you like "Usher II".
29 October 2004, 08:35 PMThe Illustrated Man
My first Bradbury story was "Mars Is Heaven" (aka "The Third Expedition"). I was 13 years old, and was entirely blown away. Some of my other early favorites were "Shapes of Things" (aka "Tomorrow's Child"), "The Burning Man" and "The October Game" (in my opinion, one of the greatest horror tales ever written).
01 November 2004, 10:25 AMJohn Carter
My first story by Bradbury was "Fire and Ice", found in my school library in an SF anthology in about, oh, 1974.
25 December 2004, 12:37 PMmikeheth
All Summer in a Day is such a powerful story that I find I tear up even reading posts concerning it. My favorite short story from an emotional point of view.
Originally posted by Tanja:
"All Summer in a Day"
I was in the 2nd grade, I think. And the teacher read the story to the class. It was horrible and wonderful in a way that was beyond my comprehension at the time. It lived inside me for years -- the way the sun was described as a copper penny, the cruel way the little girl was treated by her classmates, the terror of being locked in a closet. I didn't know who Ray Bradbury was. I didn't even know the name of the story for many years. But one day, I was in a bookstore and it came to me. It HAD to be a Ray Bradbury story. I just KNEW it. I picked up a collection of his short stories, scanned through the table of contents, and there it was.
Of course, I bought the book...
26 December 2004, 09:12 AMMike Quinn
The Martian Chronicles, when I was about 8 years old; stunning book, and probably hooked me forever on the art of the short story.
20 January 2005, 07:38 PMgillan
In my early teens I read an SF collection called "Second Orbit" at school - it included "The Veldt" - after that I read lots of RB, and I still think he puts _MAGIC_ on the page. Lots of SF has wonderful ideas, but few present them in such captivating language. I'm particularly fond of "Something wicked this way comes". Not many authors can make me nostalgic for things I have never experienced!
29 January 2005, 10:15 PMDesert Fox
I read Fahrenheit 451 as a junior in high school (too many years ago) and did not really care for it. Considerably later in life, I became a substitute teacher, and, one day, found the book on the desk of the teacher for whom I was subbing. I am now collecting all of Ray's work that I can get my hands on.
30 January 2005, 11:08 AMMr. Dark
"Not many authors can make me nostalgic for things I have never experienced!"
What a great line! He does make you feel that way! I am old enough and came from a very traditional family environment (traditional for a middle class white family), and have experienced a lot of what he writes about. But he takes me to a place that has been lost in many ways in my own memory. In bringing those to life, he reminds me and causes me to re-experience things that I had/have forgotten.
As stated above, a lot of science fiction has great ideas, and there have been a lot of significant SF writers -- writers who have contributed thier own gifts to literature and style and theme; but Bradbury does magic.
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31 January 2005, 09:19 AMBraling II
I think this is because Bradbury really does recall what it was like being a child - more than most of us do (and certainly more than most authors who write about childhood); and so strikes responsive chords within us, his readers, bringing back sounds, smells, feelings, etc. that lie locked in our memory vaults.