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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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The Fire Within

The Fire Within

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Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

Bradbury’s 1945 Mexico City encounter with John Steinbeck came full circle in the spring of 2003, when a chance meeting with Thomas Steinbeck revealed that his father used to read Ray Bradbury stories to his sons; the Nobel laureate even had favorite Bradbury stories for each season. Chapter 38 also describes how the summer 2003 perihelic opposition of Mars nearly coincided with Bradbury’s 83rd birthday, prompting the Planetary Society to hold his birthday party at Caltech. The November passing of Maggie Bradbury was a most difficult loss, for she had shared his passion for literature as well as his life. The chapter concludes with Bradbury’s celebration of the Mars rover Spirit’s touchdown and an analysis of his 2003 story collection, The Cat’s Pajamas.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, John Steinbeck, Thomas Steinbeck, Planetary Society, Caltech, Maggie Bradbury, Spirit rover, The Cat’s Pajamas

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