The New Ray Bradbury Review

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The New Ray Bradbury Review will be published by Kent State University Press in the Fall of 2008.

Edited by William F. Touponce

[image] Ray Bradbury Review Dust CoverThe New Ray Bradbury Review, echoing William F. Nolan's inaugural one-volume review published in 1952, is the first journal to be dedicated annually to the life and writings of one of America's most prolific and popular authors-Ray Bradbury-now in his 88th year.

Like its pioneering predecessor, The New Ray Bradbury Review will contain articles and reviews about Bradbury, but will necessarily have a much broader scope, including a thematic focus for each issue. Since Nolan composed his slim volume at the beginning of Bradbury's career, Bradbury has birthed hundreds of stories and half a dozen novels, making him one of this country's most anthologized authors, recently honored by both a National Book Award and a special Pulitzer Prize. While his effect on the genres of fantasy, horror, and science fiction is still being assessed (see Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction, KSUP 2004 for discussion) there is no doubt of his impact, and to judge from the testimony of his readers, many of them now professional writers themselves, it seems clear that he has affected the lives of five generations of young readers.

The New Ray Bradbury Review is designed primarily to study the impact of Ray Bradbury's writings on American culture. It is the central organ of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, a newly established archive of Bradbury's writings at Indiana University ( This first issue is devoted to the question of adaptation, or Bradbury's translation into other media. Bradbury often speaks of himself as a 'hybrid' writer, as someone whose authorship took shape in a culture dominated by mass media and the decline of book reading. What has been the effect of this 'reign of adaptations' on Bradbury's authorship? How has Bradbury in turn been served by the translation of his work into other media -radio, film, television-both by himself and by others? A group of international scholars explore these questions in terms of the media they work in and study. This issue also features two of Bradbury's unpublished screenplays and an extensive bibliography of Bradbury's adaptation into other media.

Contents of the first issue:

Preface. . . . . .William F. Nolan

Introduction: Situating Bradbury in the "Reign of Adaptations" . . William F. Touponce

Fleeing from the "Ghost Machines": Patterns of Resistance in The Pedestrian and The Murderer. . . Markus Arno Carpenter

Adapting Melville for the Screen: The Moby Dick Screenplay. . . . .Jon R. Eller

The Illustrating Man: The Screenplays of Ray Bradbury. . . . John C. Tibbetts

Ray Bradbury and BBC Radio: 1971 to 2007 . . .Phil Nichols

Meeting Bradbury: Adaptations, Transformations, and Tributes. . . David Mogen

Dandelion Wine. . . . . . Reviewed by Phil Nichols

From the Archives of The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies:

Ray Bradbury Interview with Mogen and Siegel

Introduction to "Gotcha!". . . William F. Touponce

Screenplay: Gotcha!

Screenplay: Nemo! (selections)

Bradbury's Comic Adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Bibliography of Ray Bradbury: Adaptations in Other Media. . . Compiled by Jon Eller

220 pages paper