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What Ray Bradbury story or stories would you recommend to a Bradbury fan who hasn’t read him in 10 years, would love a reread, but can’t think of a good starting point?
I own nearly all the books.


"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder . . . "
 
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Wow! Mugnaini1, there are so many great Ray Bradbury stories, I hardly know where to begin. However, here are a few of my very favorites:

"The October Game"

"The Whole Town's Sleeping"

"All Summer in A Day"

"A Sound of Thunder"

"Mars Is Heaven"

"There Will Come Soft Rains"

That being said, I think it's safe to say that you won't go wrong by picking up and reading any Bradbury collection!
 
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Thank you! Those are great ideas. I used to love reading his work. Of course I could just dip in randomly but would love recommends to trigger memories.


"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder . . . "
 
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I'll add my own list of top 25 favorite Bradbury stories, 3 of which are already on Richard's list:

1. Hail and Farewell – 1953
2. The Fog Horn – 1951
3. Perhaps We Are Going Away – 1962
4. A Sound of Thunder – 1952
5. The Flying Machine – 1953
6. And the Rock Cried Out – 1953
7. There Will Come Soft Rains – 1950
8. The Fire Balloons – 1951
9. Bright Phoenix – 1963
10. And the Sailor, Home from the Sea – 1960
11. The Exiles – 1951 revision
12. The Veldt – 1950
13. R is for Rocket – 1962 revision
14. The Rocket Man – 1951
15. Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed – 1949
16. The Long Rain – 1950
17. Yes, We’ll Gather at the River – 1969
18. All Summer in a Day – 1954
19. Bang! You’re Dead! – 1944
20. Downwind from Gettysburg – 1969
21. The Dragon – 1955
22. I Sing the Body Electric! – 1969
23. Time in Thy Flight – 1953
24. Lafayette, Farewell – 1988
25. The Coffin (AKA Wake for the Living) – 1947

Of course, you can't go wrong if you start with THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN, or A MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY. Lots of great stories in those collections.
 
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Most famous: "A Sound of Thunder" followed by "All Summer in a Day"

Favorite dark fantasy: "Homecoming"

Favorite Science Fiction: "I Sing the Body Electric!"

Most frequently attributed to Bradbury not by him: "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut
 
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I almost forgot another of my very favorite Bradbury stories..."The Pedestrian". It was based on an event which actually occurred, when Ray was stopped and questioned by the police when out for an evening stroll. And to hold you until you track down the printed version, here is a link to an animated version which I posted several years ago, and am re-posting for any newcomers to the Board. The gentleman out for a walk looks just like Ray!

https://vimeo.com/43542474
 
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Originally posted by JRES100:
I'll add my own list of top 25 favorite Bradbury stories, 3 of which are already on Richard's list:

1. Hail and Farewell – 1953
2. The Fog Horn – 1951
3. Perhaps We Are Going Away – 1962
4. A Sound of Thunder – 1952
5. The Flying Machine – 1953
6. And the Rock Cried Out – 1953
7. There Will Come Soft Rains – 1950
8. The Fire Balloons – 1951
9. Bright Phoenix – 1963
10. And the Sailor, Home from the Sea – 1960
11. The Exiles – 1951 revision
12. The Veldt – 1950
13. R is for Rocket – 1962 revision
14. The Rocket Man – 1951
15. Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed – 1949
16. The Long Rain – 1950
17. Yes, We’ll Gather at the River – 1969
18. All Summer in a Day – 1954
19. Bang! You’re Dead! – 1944
20. Downwind from Gettysburg – 1969
21. The Dragon – 1955
22. I Sing the Body Electric! – 1969
23. Time in Thy Flight – 1953
24. Lafayette, Farewell – 1988
25. The Coffin (AKA Wake for the Living) – 1947

Of course, you can't go wrong if you start with THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN, or A MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY. Lots of great stories in those collections.
Thank you! Amazing.


"If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder . . . "
 
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Ray Bradbury's book NOW AND FOREVER is one of my favorites. It pairs two novellas 'Somewhere A Band is Playing' and 'Leviathan'. Both are full of Bradbury's humor, wonderment, and affirmation of life. Seek out Paul Hecht's audio performance of this book, too.
Be well.
 
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