Star Trek: Five Decades Later

By |2017-05-04T23:51:43-05:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury, Star Trek, Television|

Star Trek is a modern allegory and mythology for late Western Civilization. The series worked best when Captain Kirk stood for willful impulse; Mr. Spock for aristocratic reason; and Dr. McCoy for democratic passions… The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s, 2016) [...]

Driving Across Mars: Ray Bradbury at the End

By |2015-12-09T08:20:42-05:00November 19th, 2015|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk|

Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview and Other Conversations Sam Weller, ed., (Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, December 2014) One of the hardest things I’ve had to assess in my professional life as a historian and a biographer is just how much to take seriously in a person’s life. I consider, pass, and render judgments on a moment-by-moment [...]

Ray Bradbury and the Dystopia of “Fahrenheit 451”

By |2018-10-20T11:26:34-05:00June 5th, 2015|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Dystopia, Dystopian Literature series by Bradley Birzer, Featured, Ray Bradbury|

An American original, Ray Bradbury, will enjoy a high reputation for centuries to come. The future will remember him for hundreds of short stories and at least four profound novels: Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles; Something Wicked this Way Comes; and Dandelion Wine. Though Bradbury never set out intentionally to discuss dystopia or utopia, [...]

Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews

By |2019-02-24T21:40:46-05:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury|

From May 2001 to January 2010, professor of creative writing, fiction author, and biographer Sam Weller interviewed one of America’s greatest and most original talents, Ray Bradbury. Not every moment of every day, of course, but over countless hours, nonetheless, throughout the decade. As Mr. Bradbury himself admitted not long before his death, “Sam [...]

A Martian Holocaust

By |2015-01-06T14:36:45-05:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury|

Shortly after he published The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury met one of his great heroes, Aldous Huxley. The author of Brave New World had not only read the younger man’s book, he had found it profound. “You know what you are, young man,” Huxley asked. When the 30-year-old Bradbury admitted he did not, Huxley [...]

Ray and Russell: Imagination against Idiocy

By |2016-06-22T12:46:50-05:00March 17th, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Conservatism, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk|

Only a week or so before Henry Regnery published Russell Kirk’s first masterpiece, The Conservative Mind, Mr. Ray Bradbury, science fiction novelist, screenplay writer, and all-around wit, wrote and published a fascinating and insightful article, “The Day After Tomorrow.” Whether or not my ideas on censorship via the fire department will be old hat [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles Is a Great Book

By |2014-04-27T10:09:06-05:00February 3rd, 2013|Categories: Books, Great Books, Literature, Mortimer Adler, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that were used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World.  Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I've read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and they [...]

Ray Bradbury: A Bright Life That Burned Right

By |2018-09-28T00:31:42-05:00November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christianity, Literature, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On all lists of the best science fiction and fantasy writers of the twentieth century, Ray Bradbury is always present, and usually at the top. However, popular acclaim does not always translate into high literary craft. The discerning reader should carefully look at the full body of Bradbury’s writings to determine if all, or [...]

Why Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked IS a Great Book

By |2018-10-23T12:22:15-05:00June 26th, 2012|Categories: Books, Great Books, Ray Bradbury, Robert M. Woods|

On numerous occasions, Mortimer Adler wrote about the criteria that was used to determine which books of all the books written in the West would be placed within The Great Books of the Western World. Contrary to confusion and many misstatements I’ve read over the years, Adler says it was essentially three criteria and [...]

The World of Ray Bradbury

By |2018-10-16T20:25:03-05:00June 6th, 2012|Categories: Books, Literature, Moral Imagination, RAK, Ray Bradbury, Russell Kirk|

To commence as a writer for the pulp-magazines is no advantage; nor is writing film scripts in Hollywood, decade after decade, generally to be recommended for those who would be men of letters. Such was Ray Bradbury’s background. He had the advantage, however, of never attending college—which salutary neglect preserved him from many winds [...]