By Harold Bloom
The writer of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles is likely one of the bestknown technological know-how fiction/fantasy writers this present day. This name, Ray Bradbury, a part of Chelsea apartment Publishers’ smooth serious perspectives sequence, examines the foremost works of Ray Bradbury via full-length serious essays via specialist literary critics. additionally, this identify includes a brief biography on Ray Bradbury, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
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Everywhere we look: problems. Everywhere we further deeply look: solutions. The children of men, the children of time, how can they not be fascinated with these challenges? Thus: science ﬁction and its recent history. On top of which, as mentioned earlier on, the young people have tossed bombs into your nearest corner art gallery, your downtown art museum. They have walked through the halls and dozed off at the modern scene as represented by 60-odd years of abstraction super-abstracting itself until it vanished up its own backside.
How to capture ﬁre. What to do about that lout of a mammoth hanging around outside the cave. How to play dentist to the sabre-tooth tiger and turn him into a house-cat. Pondering those problems and possible sciences, the ﬁrst cavemen and women drew science-ﬁction dreams on the cave walls. Scribbles in soot blueprinting possible strategies. Illustrations of mammoths, tigers, ﬁres: how to 26 RAY BRADBURY solve?? How to turn science-ﬁction (problem solving) into science-fact (problem solved). Some few brave ones ran out of the cave to be stomped by the mammoth, toothed by the tiger, scorched by the bestial ﬁre that lived on trees and devoured wood.
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Ray Bradbury (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom