**Winner, 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction**
This is a signed copy.
From the publisher's website (Hippocampus Press):
"William F. Nolan knew the late great Ray Bradbury for more than sixty years, and during that entire span he has written perspicaciously about his mentor and friend, beginning with the "Ray Bradbury Review" (1952) and continuing to the present day. This volume, published on the occasion of Nolan's 85th birthday, is a celebration of his lifelong devotion to the master of fantasy and science fiction. Included are twenty pioneering articles on Bradbury, along with a sheaf of stories influenced by such works as "The Illustrated Man" and "The Martian Chronicles," including the delightful parodies "Mr. B. Goes to Hollywood" and "The Dandelion Chronicles."
With a foreword by Ray Bradbury, an introduction by Jason V Brock, an afterword by Greg Bear, and tributes to Bradbury by Brock, S. T. Joshi, and John Tibbetts.
William F. Nolan (b. 1928) is the co-author of Logan's Run (1967) and the author of many other works of fantasy, horror, and science fiction."
Posted by Kingzgrrl on 18th May 2014
"Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing About the Master of Science Fiction," edited by eminent literary scholar S.T. Joshi, is a must-have for the collections of diehard Ray Bradbury fans, "Logan's Run" creator William F. Nolan fans, and/or the curious and the casual--or anyone, in fact, who would like an inside track on one of science fiction's greatest minds from the perspective of not only a very close friend, but from the mind of an accomplished literary/film/television celebrity himself.
Here, we have Bradbury in Nolan's words, a little Nolan in Bradbury's words, and Bradbury in the words of the titular literary giant himself. What I liked best about this collection was its honesty: although the spirit of the anthology is one of genuine admiration and warmth--undoubtedly a tribute--it is a nonetheless honest account of one man's trajectory to greatness. In my opinion, it's the struggles and mistakes along the human journey that help make for the most interesting story, and Nolan's account of Bradbury's journey is a very human, very interesting one indeed. Herein, Nolan relates the occasional snag along the way (in the 1940's, for example, a young Bradbury hit a creative rough patch due to commercial pressure to sell out in order to sell). What artist hasn't felt that pressure, or can't at least relate to it or understand it on some level?
Nolan's essays are fascinating ones as he chronicles Bradbury's growth...
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Posted by Michael R. Collings on 18th May 2014
NOLAN ON BRADBURY is a fascinating exploration into two stellar figures in speculative fiction, their relationship over sixty years, and the intellectual cross-fertilization that can occur when such minds meet and share.
More than a personal account and less than an academic study (in all of the right ways), the book allows readers a kind of continuous insight into a friendship and a working exchange. Following introductory materials by Jason V Brock, S. T. Joshi, and Ray Bradbury himself (writing about Nolan), the book opens onto a series of chronologically arranged articles and essays—including introductions and afterwords to a number of books—in which Nolan speaks about Bradbury, beginning with their first encounters and Nolan’s responses to them (1952) and concluding with Nolan’s “My Personal Evaluation of Ray’s Finest Stories” (2013).
Joshi comments in his introduction that there is a certain level of necessary redundancy in the accounts, and he is correct; key episodes in their friendship recur frequently, often using the same sentences and...
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