Ray Bradbury

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(August 22, 1920 -- May 6, 2012)

Bradbury first became interested in SF when he read a A. Hayatt Verril Ant story in Amazing at age 9. He continued to read and got hooked on Astounding in 1937. In the fall of that year, he met a member of LASFS in a bookstore, went to a meeting where he met Henry Kuttner and Ackerman. (This was also the week when the first issue of Voice of the Imagi-Nation was published.) He joined the following week and was soon club librarian and writing for various fanzines. (He was a member of both WAFFF and FooFoo.)

Ray Bradbury began to publish science fiction stories in fanzines in 1938. He was invited by Forrest J Ackerman to join LASFS in Los Angeles. His first published story was "Hollerbochen's Dilemma", which appeared in the fanzine Imagination! in January, 1938. He started his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia in 1939 and wrote most of its four issues. He later became a filthy pro. He was a member of the West Coast Writers Group.

An appreciation of Bradbury's role as a founding member of The National Fantasy Fan Federation by Jon D. Swartz appeared in December, 2016 National Fantasy Fan (IA).

Author/critic Christopher Isherwood compared his work to that of Poe's.

For an early short biography, see Who's Who in Fandom 1940 (IA).


From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
One of the more distinguished fans-turned-pro, had made a reasonably good name for himself in fanzine work before America's entry into World War II, tho his neoish characteristics were not loveable. But, crashing the pros, he began to turn out fantasy and science-fantasy which, tho in a quasi-mystical style not representative of the best modern SF, gained much praise and popularity in the late 40s and early 50s either in spite of or because of its close resemblance to modern "arty" writing. (During this period of Fifth Fandom we were undergoing all sorts of soulsearching about stf not being Literature, and welcomed a Real Artistic Writer.) From this output derived Bradburyism as a descriptive of the gentleman's attitude toward the world; it's merely another department of that Anti-Materialist cult which keens over the grave of home handicrafts and proclaims the Evil of dirty old mechanistic science's trampling on Higher Spiritual Values.

Awards, Honors and GoHships:


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Also involved with: 1954 Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Retro Hugo - 1954 Best Novel Retro Hugo - 1967 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - 1970 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - 1981 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - 1984 Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo - 2003 Best Related Book Hugo - 2011 Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo - APA-F - Avon Fantasy Reader - Bokanalia Foundation - Brad Linaweaver - Chad Oliver - Charles Platt - Conflux 3 - Craig Miller - Diversifier - Donn Albright - E. Everett Evans - Fantastic Adventures - Fantasy Faire VII - First Fandom Hall of Fame - Galileo - Hannes Bok - In Search of Wonder - Inkpot Award - James P. Blaylock - Jonathan R. Eller - Julie Award - Julius Schwartz - Leigh Brackett - Marvel Science Stories - Mort Weisinger - My Best Science Fiction Story - Nova - Once Around the Bloch: an Unauthorized Autobiography - Philip Jose Farmer
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