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Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012) was an author of Speculative Fiction, Mystery, and Literary Fiction. He was also known for his screenplays, poetry, and organizing large anthologies in the Science Fiction genre.His most well known novel is probably the dystopian, Pre-Cyber Punk 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:
Badass Grandma: The protagonist of "There Was an Old Woman" who not only defies death for years but 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!
Body Horror: "Fever Dream" is the story of a little boy who discovers that every cell in his body is slowly being replaced by... something, but nobody believes him because they think he's just delirious with sickness. 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.
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"
The Con: 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. 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.
Cruel and Unusual Death: "Skeleton". The protagonist has his skeleton willingly sucked out of his body which causes him to degenerate into a mass of flesh.
Darker and Edgier: 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.
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... 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.
Fisher Kingdom: Mars in "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed." The human colonists gradually change into Martians and forget they were ever human.
Food Pills: Food-capsules (AKA concen-tabs) in the short story "R is for Rocket".
Fountain of Youth : "The Black Ferris" has the titular Ferris Wheel which can reverse or increase aging depending on what direction it's going.
Framing Device: 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.
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.
The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Appears in "Doodad", in which a man on the run from The Mafia 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.
"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, which lets you see his aforementioned lack of organs. The mere presence of silver also causes him severe physical discomfort.
Several members of the Elliot family display vampire like characteristics such as the ability to shapeshift and the need to sleep during the day.
"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.
Possessive Paradise: Here There Be Tygers, the paradise planet seems to be this way. Once almost all the astronauts leave, since one was killed 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. 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 end up with all but one of them dead.
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.)
In "A Sound of Thunder" Bradbury claims that sauropod dinosaurs have a second brain in their tail, therefore they're harder for the hunters to kill. This was a fairly widespread belief based on the so-called "sacral brain" in larger dinosaur species, though it's been debunked in the past century.
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."
Token Human: 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, Ambiguously Human, or ghosts.
Tomato Surprise: The ending of "The Town Where No One Got Off" reveals that the protagonist went into the town to murder someone
To Win Without Fighting: "A Piece of Wood" has the soldier protagonist realize how stupid the conflict he's fighting for actually is 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.