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Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012) was an author of SpeculativeFiction, [[MysteryFiction Mystery]], and {{Literary Fiction}}. He was also known for his screenplays, poetry, and organizing large [[{{Anthology}} anthologies]] in the ScienceFiction genre.

His most well known novel is probably the {{dystopia}}n, [[UrExample Pre]]-{{Cyber Punk}} novel ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''. His most well known short story is probably "Literature/ASoundOfThunder", which gave the world the ButterflyOfDoom.

Several of his novels and short stories have been [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted to film]] and [[RayBradburyTheater TV series]]. Back in the 1950s, he discovered that two of his stories had been adapted by ECComics without permission. He kept his sense of humor about this, writing a note to the publisher praising the adaptations, while remarking that he had "inadvertently" not yet received the royalties. The publisher was eventually able to print several fine authorized adaptations of his work.

!!Works by Ray Bradbury with their own trope pages include:

* [[Literature/AgainDangerousVisions "Christ, Old Student in a New School"]]
* ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''
* ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles''
* ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes''
* "Literature/ASoundOfThunder"
* "Literature/ThereWillComeSoftRains"
* ''Film/ItCameFromOuterSpace'' (screenplay)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHalloweenTree''
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!!Other works by Ray Bradbury provide examples of:

* AccidentalArt:
** "The Year the Glop-Monster Won the Golden Lion at Cannes"
** "The Dragon Danced at Midnight"
* {{Adult Fear}}: "The Night" centers around the disappearance of a child.
* {{Alien Invasion}}: "Zero Hour"
** "The Concrete Mixer"
* {{All Hallows Eve}}: "The October Game"
* AmbiguouslyHuman: M.Munigant in "Skeleton" appears completely human [[spoiler:but the vacuum tongue and teeth strong enough to pierce bones gives you the impression that he isn't exactly normal.]]
* AmusementParkOfDoom : "The Black Ferris"
* AndIMustScream: The protagonist of "Fever Dream" loses control of his own body.
* {{Animated Tattoo}}: "The Illustrated Man" used this as a framing device.
* {{Asshole Victim}}: Many characters in his stories deserve their (usually very painful) deaths.
* TheAssimilator: The crowd of the short story of the same name have been assimilating accident victims into their masses for [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld DECADES]] [[spoiler:continuing with the protagonist]].
* {{Attack of the Killer Whatever}}: "The Watchers" and "Fever Dream" feature evil bacteria.
* AuthorAvatar: Almost any character who self-identifies as "a writer" tends to have the same same ideals and romantic, lyrical flair as Bradbury.
* [[BackAlleyDoctor Back-Alley Doctor]]: In addition to being a DeadlyDoctor, M.Munigant in "Skeleton" has no actual medical credentials.
* [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]]: The protagonist of "There Was an Old Woman" who not only defies [[TheGrimReaper death]] for years but [[spoiler:also manages to cheat death after she has died BY GOING TO THE MORGUE AS A GHOST AND FORCING THE ATTENDENTS TO GIVE HER BODY BACK!]]
* {{Big Brother is Watching}}: "The Cricket on the Hearth"
* {{Blood is Squicker in Water}}: "The Aqueduct"
* BodyHorror: "Fever Dream" is the story of a little boy who discovers that [[spoiler:every cell in his body is slowly being replaced by... something]], but nobody believes him because they think he's just delirious with sickness. [[spoiler:The story ends with the boy having been completely replaced by the virus, with the parents none the wiser, and he's now a vector for the disease.]]
* BodyInABreadbox: For someone who lives in the DeepSouth the [[spoiler:protagonist]] of "The Jar" comes up with a pretty inventive way of disposing of evidence, he [[spoiler:removes all the features that could be used to identify his wife]] and [[HiddenInPlainSight places them inside the jar he bought from a carnival]]
* BookBurning: "The Library"
** "The Exiles"
** "Bright Phoenix"
** "Pillar of Fire"
** "The Fireman" and "Long After Midnight", which are both early versions of Fahrenheit 451.
* ABoyAndHisX: "The Emissary" has the protagonist and his pet dog. [[spoiler:It ends very badly for the boy.]]
* {{Buried Alive}}: "The Screaming Woman",
** Discussed in "Free Dirt",
** "Let's Play Poison" has [[spoiler:the protagonist]] be buried unconscious under a hole that would be used to place a step on the sidewalk.
** "The Coffin" has a variation where the protagonist is embalmed alive.
* {{Cassandra Truth}}: Many Examples.
* CloningBlues: "Marionettes, Inc."
* ColorMeBlack:
** The Handler of the short story of the same name does this to the corpse of a racist bigot.
** Achieved in "Chrysalis" with a sun tan.
** Happens to the protagonist in "The Transformation"
* TheCon: Craig Bennett Stiles pulls one on the human race in "The Toynbee Convector" in order to bring about a new Golden Age. At the end of the 20th Century, Stiles (an {{Expy}} of Bill Gates) announced that he had successfully built the first functioning time machine. Bad news, it blew up when he finished his trip into the future. Good news, he brought back artifacts from the late 21st Century, proving that over the next hundred years, humanity would end war, poverty, disease and prejudice and essentially create a true Utopia. One hundred years later, the world is indeed the perfect place he had foreseen. [[spoiler: Before dying at the age of 130 years, Stiles told the truth to a reporter; he made up the time machine and the artifacts, it was all smoke and mirrors. He had seen a world in despair, and gave the world a new vision to strive for. Stiles' utopia was based on a lie, but in the end it became the truth.]]
* ContemptibleCover: ''[[http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/2010/04/i-sing-the-body-electric/ I Sing the Body Electric]]'' - the highest-rated cover on that site.
* CreepyChild:
** "The Small Assassin".
** "Zero Hour".
** "Let's Play "Poison".
** "The Veldt".
* {{Cruel and Unusual Death}}: "Skeleton". [[spoiler:The protagonist has his skeleton [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: willingly ]]
sucked out of his body which causes him to degenerate into a mass of flesh.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The people who have only read Ray's science fiction will be surprised when they read his two short story collections ''The October Country'' and ESPECIALLY ''Dark Carnival'', which, among other things, feature:
** A good chunk of the protagonists being buried alive.
** Plenty of gruesome deaths and adult fears.
** [[RuleOfThree And lots of]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombies!]]
* DarkIsEvil: "The Thing At the Top of The Stairs" has the title creature, which lives in darkness.
* DarknessEqualsDeath: "The Thing At the Top of The Stairs"
* DeathSeeker: Alfred Beck in the "Blue Bottle"
* DeathTakesAHoliday:
** "The Scythe"
** "Mr. Pale" provides one of the only happy examples of this trope. [[spoiler: The protagonist kills death and allows the human race to live forever.]]
* DemonicDummy: "And So Died Riabouchinska"
* DepravedDwarf:
** In "Skeleton", M.Munigant is an extremely small gentleman [[spoiler:who happens to have a taste for human bones]].
** Averted in "The Dwarf".
* DownerEnding: Several.
* DramaticSpaceDrifting: "Kaleidoscope".
* EmpathicEnvironment: "Here There Be Tygers".
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Bonfire"
** Subverted in "The End of the Beginning". The narrator describes people all over the world staring at the sky waiting for the world to end because they know the exact date, time and place that it will begin. Eventually a searing white light appears in the sky and ends the world. The twist is... I'll give you a second to guess... [[spoiler:The bright light is a spaceship that has visited the first intelligent life humanity discovered. Naturally this marks the "end" of the world and the "beginning" of the universe.]]
** "Embroidery"
* EnfantTerrible: "The Small Assassin" ([[UnreliableNarrator maybe]]) and "The Veldt".
* EvilHand: In "Fever Dream" the protagonist loses control of one of his hands which then tries to attack him.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: "The Thing At the Top of The Stairs" which makes sense since the creature is banished by light.
* EvilPhone: "Night Call, Collect".
* ExcitedShowTitle: "Mars is Heaven!"; "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!"
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Dudley Stone]] in "The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone" fakes his death to go into retirement.
* FantasticRacism:
** In "The Reincarnate" humans are prejudiced towards the zombies and vice versa.
** In "A Matter of Taste" the humans distrust the friendly {{giant spider}} aliens because of their appearances.
** In "The Other Foot", Mars has been colonized by black Americans escaping racism. The rumored arrival of a white man kicks off some nasty undercurrents of retributive reverse-racism.
* FauxtasticVoyage: "The Rocket".
* FeverDreamEpisode: "Fever Dream"
* FoodPills: Food-capsules (AKA concen-tabs) in the short story "R is for Rocket".
* FountainOfYouth : "The Black Ferris" has the Ferris wheel of the title which can reverse or increase aging depending on what direction it's going.
* FramingDevice: His short story anthologies are tenuously linked with ones. In ''The Illustrated Man'', all the stories are animated tattoos on a carnival sideshow's back and ''The Martian Chronicles'' is supposed to be a chronological history of Earth's trips to Mars.
* FutureMeScaresMe : "A Touch of Petulance"
* GeniusLoci: "The Lost City of Mars"
**"Here be Tygers" has an entire sentient planet!
**"The Wind" is a horror story about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sentient wind]].
* TheGhost: The title character of "The Man" is frequently referred to but is never seen.
* {{Giant Spider}}: The creature responsible for the deaths of various children in "The Finnegan" is one of these. "A Matter of Taste" has an entire alien race of giant spiders.
* {{Glasgow Grin}}: "The Smiling People" combines this with a slit throat.
* AGodAmI:
** In "The Miracles of Jamie" a young boy convinces himself that he is Jesus Christ.
** In "Jack In The Box" a boy is raised in a secluded house to eventually become god, like his father before him.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: [[spoiler: The continued existence of their books]] is the only thing keeping the authors in "The Exiles" alive.
* GrandTheftMe: Cecy Elliot can jump into the bodies of anyone without them ever knowing.
* {{Hall of Mirrors}}: "The Dwarf", ''Something Wicked This Way Comes''
* {{Heat Wave}}: "Touched with Fire", "The Burning Man"
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** Creator/AmbroseBierce, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, Creator/AlgernonBlackwood, and Creator/WilliamShakespeare are all protagonists of "The Exiles".
** Dickens appears again in "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's is a Friend of Mine".
** Creator/ThomasWolfe is one of the main characters of "Forever and the Earth".
** A robot version of Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw appears in "G.B.S. Mark- V".
* HolodeckMalfunction: "The Veldt", depending on one's interpretation.
* {{Hooks and Crooks}}: The elderly woman in "Touched with Fire" is implied to be killed with a meat hook.
* HumansAreBastards: Several.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: ''Let's All Kill Constance'', with LampshadeHanging.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: "The Last Circus", if the brief discussion about nuclear weapons strong enough to incinerate Chicago in a single blast is any indication.
** "The Last Night of the World"
* KidsAreCruel:
** "All Summer in a Day".
** "The Playground".
** "The Veldt".
* KillAndReplace: "Marionettes, Inc."
* LensmanArmsRace: "Golden Kite, Silver Wind" describes an arms race of superstition.
* LifeEmbellished: Many of Bradbury's stories are quasi-autobiographical tales, re-imagined with elements of the fantastic and strange. This is particularly true of stories collected in the anthology ''Dandelion Wine''.
* LighthousePoint: "The Fog Horn".
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Several.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Appears in "Doodad", in which a man on the run from TheMafia or some equivalent helps a man who turns out to be a shopkeeper of such a shop: it sells "gadgets, gimmicks, doodads, doohingeys" and so on, which are composite imaginary tools capable of doing anything that any item ever described by that name can do.
* MadnessMantra: "The Long Rain".
* MadnessMontage: "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl".
* MagicRealism: ''Dandelion Wine'' and many of his short stories fall into this, usually combined with a hefty dose of nostalgia.
* MoralGuardians: The villains of a great many of his stories.
* MultipurposeTongue: M.Munigant from "Skeleton" use his tongue as some kind of organic vacuum.
* {{Mummy}}: One is constructed in "Colonel Stonesteel's Genuine Homemade Egyptian Mummy.".
* MyFutureSelfAndMe : "A Touch of Petulance"
* NamesTheSame: Plenty Examples
** At least two stories are both named "Skeleton"
** There also two stories that are named "Chrysalis"
** Many characters from Bradbury's amateur writings are named "The Lonely One" which is also the name of the SerialKiller in "The Whole Towns Sleeping".
** In a "Green Town" story a girl who made fun of the protagonist is named Isabel Skelton, which is also the name of a character in "Let's Play Poison"
** Ray also seems to really like his middle name since almost every [[KidHero boy protagonist]] in his short stories is named Douglas.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A somewhat meta example: If a Bradbury story features the word "[[AllHallowsEve October]]", something horrible is likely to ensue.
* NativeAmericanCasino: The main setting of "Hail to the Chief"
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: "[[http://www.rb2116.com 2116]]", a Bradbury-penned Christmas musical with robots.
* NostalgiaHeaven: [[spoiler:Eerily subverted]] in "Mars is Heaven".
* {{Nothing Is Scarier}}: The main source of generating fear in "The Trapdoor" and "The Thing at the Top of the Stairs".
* {{Not Using the Z Word}}: The zombies in "The Reincarnate" are only referred to as "walkers".
* OurBansheesAreLouder: "Banshee"
* OurGeniesAreDifferent: "The Blue Bottle" has the titular bottle which grants whoever holds it anything they want.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: "On the Orient, North", "Another Fine Mess", "Hello, I Must Be Going"
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** "The Man Upstairs" has a very different example; in addition to apparently having no internal organs, Mr. Koberman can only be identified as a vampire by looking at him through stained glass, not to mention that the mere presence of silver causes him severe physical discomfort.
** Several members of the Elliot family display vampire like characteristics such as the ability to shapeshift and like to sleep during the day.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent:
** "Interim"
** "The Emissary"
** "The Handler"
** The zombies in "Pillar of Fire" can only be resurrected if they actually believe in an afterlife.
** In "The Reincarnate" zombies are apparently a everyday fact of life and they behave the same as normal humans save for their difficulty with movement and weakened senses.
* OutDamnedSpot: "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl".
* PerpetualStorm:
** "The Long Rain": a rocket crashes on Venus, where it rains constantly. The crew must locate a Sun Dome in which they can find shelter, or die.
-->It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping in the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains.
** "All Summer in a Day". The planet Venus has constant rain, except for a 1 hour period each seven years.
* PossessiveParadise: Here There Be Tygers, the paradise planet seems to be this way. Once almost all the astronauts leave, since one was killed [[spoiler: eaten by a tiger since he was trying to drill into the planet]] they see the beautiful planet now covered with nasty storms, volcanic eruptions, lightning storms and the likes. [[spoiler:The twist is one astronaut stayed behind; the nastiness is an illusion, as the one who stays will be spoiled rotten by the planet]].
* {{Protect This House}}: Averted in "The Island" where the family could fight off the person invading their home, but they are too scared to even try and [[spoiler:end up with all but one of them dead.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter:
** [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] in "Dorian in Excelsus".
** The three witches from ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' appear in the beginning of "The Exiles".
** The witches appear again in "The Concrete Mixer"
* PurpleProse: He's pretty good at it, though.
* {{Reality Warper}}: The various famous authors in "The Exiles"
* {{Recycled in SPACE}}: Leviathan '99 is literally Literature/MobyDick in a futuristic setting, but with a comet replacing a whale and the ethnic stereotypes replaced with aliens.
* [[Main/RefugeeFromTvLand Refugee from Radio Land]]: The titular character from "Ma Perkins Comes to Stay".
* RingRingCRUNCH: "The Murderer".
* SafeZoneHopeSpot: The first Sun Dome the team encounters in "The Long Rain".
* ScienceDestroysMagic: "On The Orient, North" and others.
* ScienceIsBad: "The Murderer" and others.
* ScienceMarchesOn:
** There's several pieces he's written that describe one-piece rockets being used for interplanetary and interstellar travel, as opposed to the multi-stage rockets that have actually been used.
** Several stories, including "All Summer in a Day" and "The Long Rain", depict humans living on a Venus that is much like Earth except for the incessant rain, having been written when little was known about Venus except that it was a similar size to Earth and completely covered by clouds. It's since been discovered that Venus's cloud cover is not composed of water but sulfur dioxide, and furthermore that due to the resulting greenhouse effect Venus has the highest surface temperatures of any planet in the solar system -- anybody who tried to set foot on Venus would be incinerated in moments, long before they had time to get depressed by the precipitation. (This makes "The Long Rain", in which a group of astronauts stranded out in the endless downpour long for the warmth of one of many "Sun-Domes" that provide shelter and ''warmth'', particularly amusing in hindsight.)
* SendInTheSearchTeam: Several.
* SenseFreak: "The Fox and the Forest".
* SerialKiller: The Lonely One in "The Whole Towns Sleeping"
* ShakespeareInFiction: William happens to be one of the protagonists of "The Exiles".
* ShellShockedVeteran: The old man in "Lafayette Farewell", [[spoiler:a fighter pilot for Nazi Germany]].
* ShoutOut: Many Examples. A large amount of them towards various authors and the films of LonChaney
** TyrannosaurusRex is one big one to Creator/RayHarryhausen
* SkeletalMusician: Inverted in "Skeleton", aside from eating them M.Munigant likes to use bones to make instruments.
* {{Slashed Throat}}: See {{Glasgow Grin}} above.
* SocietyMarchesOn: These days it's ''very'' hard to believe that the woman from "The Rocket Man" wouldn't have either followed her husband into space or gotten a divorce, years ago.
* StockNessMonster: "The Fog Horn".
* {{Surreal Horror}}: Several Examples.
* TalkToTheFist: An anecdote attributed to Bradbury, though nobody seems to know the source:
-->"A horrible little boy came up to me and said, 'You know in your book ''The Martian Chronicles''?' I said, 'Yes?' He said, 'You know where you talk about Deimos rising in the East?' I said, 'Yes?' He said 'No.' -- So I hit him."
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: "Embroidery"
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "Night Call, Collect".
* {{Those Wacky Nazis}}: "Unterderseaboat Doktor".
* TokenHuman: Timothy Elliot is the only member of his family with out any sort of special powers. Keep in mind that almost everyone in his family are immortal, not to mention that many of them are also vampires, AmbiguouslyHuman, or ghosts.
* TomatoSurprise: The ending of "The Town were No One Got Off" reveals that [[spoiler: the protagonist went into the town to murder someone]]
* ToWinWithoutFighting: "A Piece of Wood" has the soldier protagonist realize how stupid the conflict he's fighting for actually is [[spoiler:he then causes his side to lose by way of a quickly spreading rust virus]] and the murderous general and soldiers can't even do anything to a man who refuses to even fight them.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The centerpiece of the short story of the same name
** In "Besides a Dinosaur, Whatta Ya Wanna Be When You Grow Up?" the boy protagonist [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wants to become a T-Rex when he grows up.]]
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: "The Whole Towns Sleeping" (according to Bradbury) is apparently based on several real murders that occurred in his hometown.
* VillainousBreakdown: Happens to the VillainProtagonist of "Pillar of Fire" [[spoiler: after his plan to cause a ZombieApocalypse fails and he is given a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* {{Villain Protagonist}}: Many examples
* VillainTeleportation: The titular crowd of people in "The Crowd" can seemingly appear anywhere out of thin air as long as an accident has occurred.
* {{Voodoo Doll}}: One the astronauts in "The Exiles" is killed with this.
* {{Walking Wasteland}}: The [[spoiler:protagonist]] of "Fever Dream" becomes this.
* WingedHumanoid: Uncle Einar of the Elliot family, unlike his relatives, [[AmbiguouslyHuman is completely normal]], save for the enormous green wings sprouting from his back.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: "The Flying Machine".
* YouAreTheNewTrend: The protagonist of "The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse" is so immensely boring that he becomes the center of attention in the Avant Garde scene.
* {{Zombie Apocalypse}}: One of the zombies in "The Reincarnate" plans to have this happen.
** Attempted by the protagonist of "Pillar of Fire" [[spoiler:but never actually happens because he is Main/DrivenToSuicide]]
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