Bradbury trademark—and his preoccupation with children
and the most child-like of technologies: namely spaceships,
human-like robots, and those fanciful bits of machinery that
we now call consumer electronics.
But, as I cautioned at the outset, the gadgetry here is hardly
the main point.
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hmmm, perhaps with this author it is better to say all
In fact, the rocket never leaves the ground, but for
this author, the power of imagination is a levitating force far
more potent than the meager hyperspace drives and thrust
shifters of his sci-fi peers.
This same story includes a Bradbury rarity: strange alien
creatures appear with three yellow eyes and twelve fingers.
The theme of youthful fantasy recurs in the concluding story of
On the other hand, Bradbury’s prose style, which
emphasizes brightness, lucidity, the clarity of free play—what
Matthew Arnold might have included under the rubric of
“sweetness and light”—won’t allow him to linger in the
It is no coincidence that the protagonist in
And in other works from this
period, we also find Poe, Lovecraft and other horror-meisters
either as influences or actual elements in the plot.
Indeed, the overarching frame story of
Yet children’s imaginary friends are not always harmless, as
the parents eventually learn in “Zero Hour.” In a similar vein,
“The Veldt”— a justly celebrated story that opens
The colonization of Mars, which forms the unifying concept behind
He toys with the dark side only to give more
definition to its opposite.
As a result, Bradbury hardly develops the eerie framing story
The concern with censorship and book-burning that animates
few piercings, and the Illustrated Man would be at home in
your trendiest modern-day nightclub, and ready for his own
reality show on MTV.
The Illustrated Man - Wikipedia
After the initial set-up, and
some token gestures to link the tales together, he abandons
attempts to connect the dots, or even mention our tattooed
exile from civil society, except for a brief wrap-up at the end
of the book.
Summary of Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - TheBestNotes
Instead, Bradbury uses the individual “cinematic
tattoos” to probe his pet ideas, familiar themes that also
figure in his other works of the era.
The Illustrated Man (1969) - Plot Summary - IMDb
cars could be made out of palladium
instead of chromium, who cares?
But the human angle in this story, so
typical of Bradbury’s work, builds on
the subtle divide between the impressionable minds of
youngsters, with their rich imaginative life, and the staid,
skeptical outlook of adults.