Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012) was an author of Speculative Fiction
, and Horror
. He was also known for his screenplays, poetry, and organizing large anthologies
in the Science Fiction
His most well known novel is probably the dystopian
novel Fahrenheit 451
. His most well known short story is probably "A Sound of Thunder
", which gave the world the Butterfly of Doom
Several of his novels and short stories have been adapted to film
and TV series
. Back in the 1950s, he discovered that two of his stories had been adapted by EC Comics
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:
Other works by Ray Bradbury provide examples of:
- Accidental Art: "The Year the Glop-Monster Won the Golden Lion at Cannes".
- Author Avatar: Almost any character who self-identifies as "a writer" tends to have the same same ideals and romantic, lyrical flare as Bradbury.
- Cloning Blues: "Marionettes, Inc."
- Contemptible Cover: I Sing the Body Electric - the highest-rated cover on that site.
- Creepy Child:
- "The Small Assassin".
- "Zero Hour".
- "Let's Play "Poison".
- "The Veldt".
- Death Takes a Holiday: "The Scythe".
- Downer Ending: Several.
- Dramatic Space Drifting: "Kaleidoscope".
- Empathic Environment: "Here There Be Tygers".
- Enfant Terrible: "The Small Assassin" (maybe) and "The Veldt".
- Evil Phone: "Night Call, Collect".
- Excited Show Title!: "Mars is Heaven!"; "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!"
- Fauxtastic Voyage: "The Rocket".
- Food Pills: Food-capsules (AKA concen-tabs) in the short story "R is for Rocket".
- Frame Story: 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.
- Genius Loci: "The Lost City of Mars".
- Holodeck Malfunction: "The Veldt", depending on one's interpretation.
- Humans Are Bastards: Several.
- In the Future, We Still Have Roombas: "There Will Come Soft Rains".
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Let's All Kill Constance, with Lampshade Hanging.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- "All Summer in a Day".
- "The Playground".
- "The Veldt".
- Kill and Replace: "Marionettes, Inc."
- Lensman Arms Race: "Golden Kite, Silver Wind" describes an arms race of superstition.
- Life Embellished: 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.
- Lighthouse Point: "The Fog Horn".
- Literary Allusion Title: Several.
- Madness Mantra: "The Long Rain".
- Madness Montage: "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl".
- Magical Realism: Dandelion Wine and many of his short stories fall into this, usually combined with a hefty dose of nostalgia.
- Master of Illusion: "Mars is Heaven".
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: A somewhat meta example: If a Bradbury story features the word "October," large amounts of Nightmare Fuel are likely to ensue.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: "2116", a Bradbury-penned Christmas musical with robots.
- Our Vampires Are Different: "The Man Upstairs".
- Out, Damned Spot!: "The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl".
- Purple Prose: He's pretty good at it, though.
- The Red Planet: The Martian Chronicles, among others.
- Ring Ring CRUNCH: "The Murderer".
- Safe Zone Hope Spot: The first Sun Dome the team encounters in "The Long Rain".
- Science Destroys Magic: "On The Orient, North" and others.
- Science Is Bad: "The Murderer" and others.
- Science Marches On:
- 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.)
- Send In The Search Team: Several.
- Sense Freak: "The Fox and the Forest".
- Stock Ness Monster: "The Fog Horn".
- Talk to the Fist: 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.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: "Night Call, Collect".
- The World Is Not Ready: "The Flying Machine".