Driving Blind

This 1997 collection is uneven and at times weak. There is less fantasy or science fiction than in many of Ray Bradbury’s earlier works. In the short story “Remember Me?” we find the theme of meeting a familiar face in a distant place. The theme of children’s storytelling and kissing games is found in “House… Continue reading Driving Blind

Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury’s Adventures Making Moby Dick with John Huston in Ireland

Loosely based on the period in 1953 when Bradbury lived in Ireland and worked on the screenplay of “Moby Dick” for film director John Huston. A series of terrific set-pieces (such as, “The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place,” “The Cold Wind and the Warm,” and “The Anthem Sprinters”) are strung together with accounts of… Continue reading Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury’s Adventures Making Moby Dick with John Huston in Ireland

The Toynbee Convector

I first read this collection of short stories in 1992. It includes a reprint of the 1983 story that appeared in the January 1984 issue of “Playboy.” It has twenty-two other stories. The majority are reprints from magazine articles. I nominate the short story of “The Toynbee Convector” for the best fantasy/science fiction story ever… Continue reading The Toynbee Convector

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury is the story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway. It is the story of the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of one Autumn midnight. It tells how the boys save the town. It is great reading. Ray Bradbury excels in revealing… Continue reading Something Wicked This Way Comes

Fahrenheit 451

The genesis of Fahrenheit 451 is in Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles where he has the story on book burning. Written in 1950 this book is as relevant today as it was when it first went into print. The book is about political correctness and burning those books that make certain groups feel bad about… Continue reading Fahrenheit 451

Long After Midnight

Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury was published in 1976. This volume is the last of Bradbury’s great short story collections. It is one of my personal favorites. There are 22 short stories. Each short story is 10 to 15 pages long. That makes the stories ideal to read one story in a sitting. “One… Continue reading Long After Midnight

Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury is not a single volume on writing. Rather, it is a collection of essays written over his long career. Each of the essays has a real nugget of insight for the reader. Bradbury teaches us about writing. He tells us to write about what we love, and what… Continue reading Zen in the Art of Writing

The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man is a 1951 book of twenty one science fiction short stories by Ray Bradbury. Collectively, they explore the nature of humanity. While none of the stories has a plot or character connection with the next, a recurring theme is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the psychology of people. The unrelated… Continue reading The Illustrated Man

Not a Gentleman’s War – An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War

“Not a Gentleman’s War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War” is the story of the 5,069 junior officers who died in Vietnam as well as the ones who survived. We are reminded all officers had volunteered to lead men in battle. Based on Ron Milam’s detailed and thorough research, “Not a… Continue reading Not a Gentleman’s War – An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War

Poem: All Across The United States

All Across The United States “Why are we still over there?” I asked the Commander-in-Chief. “Why are still in Afghanistan? With Osama bin Laden dead,” The Media worship our Leader. While the FOX waits for him to slip. “I want truthful answers, No more straddling the fence, The political jargon has to go, I need… Continue reading Poem: All Across The United States