Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction co-authored with William F. Touponce, and then move on to Jon's recollections of the first Bradbury he read, and his "desert island" Bradbury pick.
Because a part of Jon's new book deals with Ray's relationship to real-life space exploration, I introduce the episode with a discussion of Ray, space, and Apollo.
Jon also talks about the challenges faced by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, which reminds me that to sustain their good work they need support. You can read about the Center's mission, and make donations, here.
Read Ray's 1960s space-related articles in Life magazine:
- "A Serious Search for Weird Worlds" (scroll to page 116 for article)
- "Cry the Cosmos" (scroll to page 86)
- "An Impatient Gulliver Above Our Roofs" (scroll to page 31)
Ray Bradbury visiting JPL, where he gained his Mars driving license:
Ray was in at the start of the Planetary Society.
|Photo of Ray's license by John King Tarpinian. Background detail from the first edition of The Martian Chronicles. Composite image by Phil Nichols.