influenced by Edgar Allen Poe, Wilikie Collins, The
Wizard of Oz (1939), and Buck Rogers. He made a promise to
himself that if he did not sell anything by the time he
was 21, he would quit. Fortunately for us, he had a story
published in Weird Tales on his 21st birthday in 1941.
Since then Mr. Bradbury has published more than 400
short stories, 23 novels, and numerous collections of
stories and poetry. He is often dubbed "the world's
greatest science fiction writer."
His books include The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Machines
Of Joy (1988), Fahrenheit 451 (1953), and The Illustrated Man (1990). In
addition, he has written several screenplays, including
It Came from Outer Space (1953), The Picasso Summe (1957), I Sing the
Body Electric (1969), and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). His
articles have appeared in numerous magazines, such as
The New Yorker, LIFE, Mademoiselle, Harper's, The New
Republic, and Shenandoah, as well as Super Science Stories
and Weird Tales.
In addition to his literary accomplishments, Mr.
Bradbury founded the Pandemonium Theater and was
the creative force behind Spaceship Earth at Disney
World's EPCOT Center in Florida. He has also been
asked to help design a 21st century city to be built near
Mr. Bradbury's speech is titled "Creativity in the Next
100 Years." Please note that this address is at 3:00 p.m.
in McKenna Auditorium and is open to everyone.