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Bradbury Beyond Apollo$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043413

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.001.0001

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Forms of Things Unknown

Forms of Things Unknown

(p.168) 24 Forms of Things Unknown
Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

Bradbury advanced his visionary role through his keynote address for NASA’s 1987 Goddard Memorial Dinner. Chapter 24 documents how he established a balance between criticism and motivation in spite of his mistrust of the military industrial establishment represented at the event. The chapter also discusses The Toynbee Convector and the importance of the title story, which offers Toynbee’s “challenge and response” insight as the best illustration of Bradbury’s self-perceived purpose as a writer: to show how humanity can shape the future by believing in it to the point of certainty. The chapter concludes with his summer trip to France and his journey to the grave of his uncle Samuel Bradbury, felled by influenza in the final days of World War I.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, NASA, Robert Goddard, The Toynbee Convector, Arnold Toynbee, challenge and response, Captain Samuel Bradbury

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