(August 22, 1920 – May 6, 2012)
Author Ray Bradbury first became interested in SF when he read an A. Hyatt Verrill Ant story in Amazing at age 9. He continued to read and got hooked on Astounding in 1937. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Bradbury spent his childhood alternating between there and Tucson, Arizona, finally moving with his family to Los Angeles at age 14.
In the fall of 1937, he met a member of LASFS in a bookstore, and when T. Bruce Yerke heard there was another reader around, he invited him to the club. Bradbury went to a meeting where he met Henry Kuttner and Forry 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 became a close friend of Ray Harryhausen’s.
In Memoirs of a Superfluous Fan, Yerke describes the teenaged Bradbury: "This fantastic creature became endeared to all of us henceforth, and though often the victim of assaults with trays and hammers by infuriated victims of his endless pranks and disturbances, remained a primary figure in the club all through 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1941."
Bradbury began to publish science fiction stories in fanzines in 1938. 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. He is considered one of the Big Three. Critic Christopher Isherwood compared his work to that of Poe's. The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation was named in his honor.
In 2010, comedian Rachel Bloom wrote a salacious song about him, “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury”; her music video was a finalist for the 2011 Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Hugo, and Bloom performed the song at the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- Early short biography in Who's Who in Fandom 1940, page 4.
- N3F profile in December, 2016 National Fantasy Fan.
- Bradbury with Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life (1955).
- Video of Bradbury speaking at NASA.
- Bradbury in a classic Stan Freberg commercial for Sunsweet Prunes.
- Bradbury: An Illustrated Life by Jerry Weist (2002).
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1950 -- Invisible Little Man Award, N3F Laureate Award for Best Professional Writer
- 1952 -- Sou-Westercon
- 1966 -- Forry Award
- 1974 -- Inkpot Award
- 1979 -- (Coveted) Balrog Award
- 1980 -- Lifetime Achievement Gandalf Award
- 1986 -- Confederation
- 1989 -- SFWA Grand Master
- 1996 -- Archon 20, First Fandom Hall of Fame award
- 2008 -- SFPA Grand Master
- 2006 -- Conflux 3 Honoured Guest
- 2012 -- First Fandom Hall of Fame award
- 2004 -- 1954 Best Novel Retro Hugo
- 2014 -- 1939 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo
- 2016 -- 1941 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo, 1941 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo
- 2019 -- 1944 Best Short Story Retro Hugo
- 2020 -- 1945 Best Short Story Retro Hugo
|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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