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What do you imagine when you hear the name . . . Bradbury?

You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across human skin. Or maybe, suddenly, you're returned to a simpler time in small-town America, where summer perfumes the air and life is almost perfect . . . almost.

Ray Bradbury—peerless storyteller, poet of the impossible, and one of America's most beloved authors—is a literary giant whose remarkable career has spanned seven decades. Now twenty-six of today's most diverse and celebrated authors offer new short works in honor of the master; stories of heart, intelligence, and dark wonder from a remarkable range of creative artists.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe | 2/18/2014

    " I didn't have time to write a review before, so I wanted to pop in and say that I had IMMENSE pleasure reading these stories. I'm almost convinced that all writers should routinely try to write like Bradbury. I notice that not only did a number of the writers approach the charge by getting themselves into a fantastical, magical, wondrous, sometimes shuddering and chilling mindset, but they also seemed to draw heavily from memory and personal experience. A highly inspirational volume! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 2/4/2014

    " As with all books that are collections of short stories, especially by different authors, some of the stories were better than others. Almost all of the stories were very good, but it felt like this took a long time to read (400+ pages, small print). Solid choice for fans of Bradbury or the sci-ifi genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/31/2014

    " Eh, this was ok. The stories are pretty uneven. Only for hardcore Bradbury fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 12/26/2013

    " An uneven collection of stories in honor of Ray Bradbury. The biggest names have written the least memorable stories, unfortunately, but the genre writers have often paid homage in a pretty enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/24/2013

    " Love Bradbury, love many of the authors in this collection of short stories which pay homage to him. In the foreword written by Bradbury, he says that he finds many of these stories to be very familiar-feeling. Having read a few of them, I quite agree. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/7/2013

    " Really a wonderful collection of Bradbury-inspired short stories. Makes me want to go back and re-read everything Bradbury wrote. Every story is excellent, without exception, which makes this collection stand out above the average short story collection. I highly recommend this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 12/4/2013

    " Amazing short story collection. Something for almost everyone, and a great homage to Bradbury. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennyc | 7/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this, but I would give it 3.5 stars if I could. Some of the stories were great, some were ok (as is the case with most short story collections). What it did most strongly is make me want to go back & read Ray Bradbury stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/26/2013

    " amazing stories in tribute to my favorite author of all times. The stories in this book were magical and wonderful and this is a book that i will buy at a later date for sure. If you love Bradbury, the stories told in these pages will surely make you smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/8/2013

    " It was really good. It has made me want to read Ray Bradbury books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Constance | 11/28/2012

    " Very much in the style of the late, great Ray Bradbury,this is an exceptional collection with standouts by Dan Chaon (super creepy) and Alice Hoffman (sweetly creepy). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/22/2012

    " Margaret Atwood's story is my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmyn | 7/9/2012

    " This book is amazing. Some stories were better than others, but they were all great and any fan of Ray Bradbury needs to pick this book up and read it now. NOW!!! "

About the Author

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, launched Oprah’s Book Club and became an international bestseller, hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her other works, including The Most Wanted, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane, and Cage of Stars have also been well received. Mitchard has appeared on the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MSNBC, and numerous other local and national television and radio programs. She was a contributing editor for Parenting magazine and wrote a weekly syndicated column until 2007 which appeared in more than one hundred newspapers across the country. Her articles have appeared in Newsweek, Life, Reader’s Digest, TV Guide, Ladies’ Home Journal, and many other publications. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and nine children.

About the Narrators

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.

George Hosato Takei is a Japanese American actor and author best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six feature films and an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He is a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics while still continuing his acting career. He has won several awards and accolades for his work in human rights and Japanese–American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum

Dion Graham is an award-winning narrator named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine. He has been a recipient of the prestigious Audie Award numerous times, as well as Earphones Awards, the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards, IBPA Ben Franklin Awards, and the ALA Odyssey Award. He was nominated in 2015 for a Voice Arts Award for Outstanding Narration. He is also a critically acclaimed actor who he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. He is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, with an MFA degree in acting.

Robert Petkoff is an actor and audiobook narrator who has won a prestigious Audie Award and multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime.

F. Murray Abraham is an American actor. He became widely known during the 1980s after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in the 1984 film Amadeus. He has appeared in many roles, both leading and supporting, in such major films as All the President’s Men and Scarface and the award-winning television series Homeland. He has also acted on Broad and Off-Broadway and won numerous awards for his work in theater, film, television, and audio recordings. He has also received lifetime achievement awards and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.

Kate Mulgrew is an accomplished film and television actress, most noted for her lead role as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. Other television credits include Ryan’s Hope, Murphy Brown, Cheers, and the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. She has won numerous awards for her performances, including an Obie Award, Golden Satellite Award, Saturn Award, and a Golden Globe nomination. Her audiobook narrations have won her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in rural Wales and Oxford. After playing football in Kentucky for two years, he lived in Paris and Athens before earning an MFA in 2002. He is the editor of multiple philosophy books and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, the Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian, as well as on NPR. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Long Island University. He is also involved in the Rutgers Early College Humanities program for young adults living in underserved communities. He won the H.R. Hays Poetry Award, the Frank OConnor International Short Story Award, was a finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, and his work has been translated into thirteen languages.

J. D. Jackson is a theater professor, aspiring stage director, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He is a classically trained actor, and his television and film credits include roles on House, ER, Law & Order, Hack, Sherrybaby, Diary of a City Priest, and Lucky Number Slevin. He is the recipient of more than a dozen Earphones Awards for narration and an Odyssey Honor for G. Neri’s Ghetto Cowboy, and he was also named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year for 2012 and 2013. An adjunct professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in theater from Temple University.