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Becoming Ray Bradbury$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036293

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.001.0001

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Futuria Fantasia

Futuria Fantasia

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Ray Bradbury's fanzine Futuria Fantasia, in which he championed the Technocracy movement based on the premise that if the technological infrastructure were more efficient, then everyone's life would be better. It discusses Bradbury's editorship of Futuria Fantasia, the second issue of which reflected his emerging editorial insight; it contained essays written by Henry Hasse and Henry Kuttner. It suggests that, in soliciting the Hasse and Kuttner contributions, Bradbury was initiating a debate on the state of writing in the science fiction field. The second issue also featured two stories by Hannes Bok, whose illustrations graced all of the fanzine's covers, as well as Bradbury's anonymous story “The Pendulum” and a poem entitled “Satan's Mistress.” The chapter concludes with an assessment of Bradbury's problems with the production of Futuria Fantasia, culminating in its demise after the fourth issue, which carried Bradbury's story “The Piper,” his first solo sale to the genre prozines.

Keywords:   science fiction, Ray Bradbury, Futuria Fantasia, Technocracy, Henry Hasse, Henry Kuttner, Hannes Bok, Satan's Mistress, The Piper, prozines

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