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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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From the Fanzines to the Prozines

From the Fanzines to the Prozines

(p.40) 6 From the Fanzines to the Prozines
Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Ray Bradbury's transition from editing and writing for fanzines to making contributions to prozines. Bradbury's close encounters with the performing arts reached a high point during 1940, and for a time these activities restricted his writing schedule. But most of his attention remained focused on writing and the literary marketplace. Thanks to his work as a fanzine editor, he learned some lessons about magazine design, marketing, and editorial acquisition. With the help of Forry Ackerman and the artistic contributions of Hannes Bok, Bradbury had put together one of the better-designed fanzines of the day. He also learned how to invite professional writers to discuss the status and future of science fiction. This chapter considers Bradbury's early work for various prozines between 1939 and 1941 and the sale of his story, “The Pendulum,” to Super Science Stories, making him a paid professional for the first time.

Keywords:   prozines, Ray Bradbury, fanzines, performing arts, Forry Ackerman, Hannes Bok, science fiction, The Pendulum, Super Science Stories

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