It's 1941, and the year that Ray Bradbury makes the breakthrough as a professional writer!
In this year, Bradbury had six stories published: three amateur pieces published in fanzines; two semipro pieces (published in a fairly prestigious magazine, but he got paid with free copies of the magazine); and at year's end, his first professional sale, to the pulp science fiction magazine Super Science Stories.
In the podcast episode, I go through each story in turn, giving a brief summary and a review. If you want to read the stories for yourself, you can find some of them online. Some of them are only available in books, though. And one of them is, alas, not available anywhere that I can find.
Here's a list of the stories covered, with direct links where there are online copies:
- “How Am I Today, Doctor?”
- “The Trouble With Humans Is People”
- “Wilber and his Germ” - I haven't been able to find this story anywhere. Let me know if you have a copy!
- “Tale of the Mangledomvritch”
- “To Make A Long Story Much Much Shorter”
Stories which can't be found online are usually found in The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition, Vol. 1, or in The Earliest Bradbury.
Here's the episode. Please let me know what you think of these stories!