Ray Bradbury’s unfortunate death earlier this summer at the age of 91 came as a shock to many in the literary community. His work, although focused in science fiction, sprawled across genres and paved the way for countless authors, whether they wrote about space aliens or not. To quote editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle’s opening line of Shadow Show, a collection of short stories written in celebration of Bradbury’s life, which released earlier this month, “He published in Weird Tales and The New Yorker. Just how many writers can claim such a dichotomous literary distinction?” Indeed, not too many, and he sold over eight million books while doing so.
That collection will be celebrated next week on Wednesday, August 22–what would have been the writer’s 92nd birthday–at McNally Jackson Books in Soho. Weller, who also wrote the author’s authorized biography, The Bradbury Chronicles, and Castle will present a variety of short stories, alongside authors Alice Hoffman, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman. Gaiman will Skype in from England, perhaps acting as a slight tip of the hat to Bradbury’s vivid sci-fi imagination.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 15, 2012