Personally signed by Ray Bradbury, one of its great storytellers who, through his explorations of science and space, has illuminated the human condition.
Hill House Publishers 2006. Ray Bradbury "The Wish" Signed Limited Edition No. 46 of only 250 produced. No dust-jacket as issued. Hardcover blue cloth edition in a black envelope with written number to match. ISBN: 0931771099. Very Fine.
5-1/4 by 7-1/2 inches. 36 pages.
A short story inspired by Bradbury's relationship with his father, followed by a short essay about the genesis of the story.
The story "The Wish" concerns the bond between a father and his children. It opens with two old friends chatting and drinking on Christmas Eve. As the clock tolls midnight, the narrator's guest mentions an old legend that a wish made exactly at midnight on Christmas Eve would come true. The narrator stammers out his fondest wish - that his father were alive again, for just one hour. A very personal and touching Bradbury tale, dedicated to Bradbury's own father.
About the Author
Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.
Predominantly known for writing the iconic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and I Sing the Body Electric (1969), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. While most of his best known work is in fantasy fiction, he also wrote in other genres, such as the coming-of-age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) and the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992).
Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.
Upon his death in 2012, The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream." The Los Angeles Times credited Bradbury with the ability ""to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away, worlds he anchored in the here and now with a sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity." Bradbury's grandson, Danny Karapetian, said Bradbury's works had "influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories". The Washington Post noted several modern day technologies that Bradbury had envisioned much earlier in his writing, such as the idea of banking ATMs and earbuds and Bluetooth headsets from Fahrenheit 451, and the concepts of artificial intelligence within I Sing the Body Electric."
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