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.

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Also involved with: 1939 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1939 Best Short Story Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1944 Best Short Story Retro Hugo - Charles Beaumont - ConFederation - Ray Harryhausen - Richard Matheson - SFWA Grand Master Award - Science Fantasy Writers of America - Secondary Universe I - Shangri L'Affaires - Sou-Westercon - Super Science Stories - T. Bruce Yerke - The Alchemist - The Fanscient - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - Who Killed Science Fiction? - William F. Nolan
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