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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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New Stories and New Opportunities

New Stories and New Opportunities

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Ray Bradbury's new short stories and the new opportunities that became available to him as a writer during the war years. In the spring of 1945 Bradbury wrote his first quality novella-length story. Although he had written long stories for both the detective and the science fiction pulps, only “Chrysalis” had staying power in the genre. His next project, “Eight Day World,” sold to Planet Stories in June 1945, and reached print a year later in the Fall 1946 issue, as “The Creatures That Time Forgot.” This chapter considers Bradbury's venture into radio and film, including an original play for the CBS show Dr. Christian and the writing assignment for the Hollywood movie Catman of Paris. It also looks at Bradbury's relationship with August Derleth, who became his de facto advisor through the middle 1940s, and his decision to take a trip to Mexico with Grant Beach.

Keywords:   short stories, Ray Bradbury, radio, film, Dr. Christian, Hollywood, Catman of Paris, August Derleth, Mexico, Grant Beach

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