By Ray Bradbury

For greater than sixty years, the mind's eye of Ray Bradbury has opened doorways into striking areas, ushering us throughout unexplored territories of the center and brain whereas top us inexorably towards a profound figuring out of ourselves and the universe we inhabit. during this landmark quantity, America's preeminent storyteller bargains us 100 treasures from a life of phrases and ideas. The tales inside of those pages have been selected by means of Bradbury himself, and span a profession that blossomed within the pulp magazines of the early Nineteen Forties and maintains to flourish within the new millennium. listed below are representatives of the mythical author's most interesting works of brief fiction, together with many who haven't been republished for many years, all without end clean and very important, evocative and immensely entertaining.

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