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Initial printing of 100. Ray Bradbury fell in with Science Fiction early on. In 1938, at the age of 18, his first published sci-fi story appeared in the fanzine Imagination! This collects every story from this run from 1937-41…everything except his own fanzine, that has been collected elsewhere. Most of this has rarely surfaced. Includes several Hannes Bok illustrations. Experience some of Bradbury’s earliest steps on his road to becoming a master fantasy/sci fi writer. Lavishly illustrated, with each story in facsimile direct from the original publication. First Fandom, 2020. Condition: Very slight bumped corner.

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Ray Bradbury fell in with Science Fiction early on. In 1938, at the age of 18, his first published sci-fi story appeared in the fanzine Imagination! This collects every story from this run from 1937-41…everything except his own fanzine, that has been collected elsewhere. Most of this has rarely surfaced. Includes several Hannes Bok illustrations. Experience some of Bradbury’s earliest steps on his road to becoming a master fantasy/sci fi writer. Lavishly illustrated, with each story in facsimile direct from the original publication.

Ray Bradbury may be the most revered of the science fiction “Grand Masters” of the 20th century. Like iconic predecessors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, his work has stood the test of time. His stories reached beyond the mainstream of science fiction, earning him recognition with the National Medal of Arts (2004) and a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation (2007).

But Bradbury began his life in science fiction as a fan, actively immersed in the nascent community of fans in the late 1930s who would shape the genre for the next several decades.

The evolution of descriptive power and nuance in Bradbury’s writing can be seen month-to-month and year-to-year in these early layers of his fossil record. These fragments, earliest to latest, point to the full evidence presented in full in this compendium:

From “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” (January 1938):
“His head felt fearfully large, his body Brobdingnagian.”

From “Formula for Successfool STF Story” (April 1938):
“Have Earth fall to the moon – have dinosaurs crawl over the hero’s tummy – let him rassle a lion as the earth cracks in two pieces…!”

From “Hollerbochen Comes Back” (November 1938):
“Hurtling thru the stratosfere somewhere, a tiny piece of matter bobbed up & down just this side of the heaviside layer where the rockets turn to the right & take the airlane to Jupiter past the array of billboards hanging by skyhooks from the clouds.”

From “Gold”  (August 1939):
“Then, with a final despairing laugh, something that was once a man dragged himself to the railing and fell down into the turgid blackness of the ocean. All was silent.”

All of these Bradbury articles and stories — and many more — are reproduced in The Earliest Bradbury in full facsimile form, as they were originally published in amateur fanzines. Most of these artifacts have never been available outside the musty archives of fanatical collectors of early fan history.

Note: This volume is focused on Bradbury’s early work and activities that have previously been unavailable to most readers, including 120+ articles, stories, drawings and references from a variety of early fan publications. Bradbury’s fanzine Futuria Fantasia is discussed in this volume, but not reproduced. For a definitive facsimile of Futuria Fantasia, we refer readers to Bradbury’s own volume by that name, published in 2007 by Graham Publishing.

Condition: Very slight bumped corner.

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