Ray Bradbury: From Science to the Supernatural


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ray_bradbury_iconRay Bradbury: From Science to the Supernatural

Still image from the film It Came From Outer Space
Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was one of the best-known science fiction and fantasy writers of our time, producing such enduring works as The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man. His stories and novels often criticize our relationship to technology, yet also display poetic optimism about humankind’s place in the cosmos. His explanation of this apparent contradiction was simple: “People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it.” This series explores the breadth of Bradbury’s imaginative writing on screen. Films inspired by his books sit alongside films that he scripted himself. Though a child of the Midwest, he grew up in Hollywood and had the joy (and the pain) of working extensively in film.

This series is sponsored by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, College Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Science on Screen, Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Jonathan Eller, Phil Nichols, University of Wolverhampton, U.K., and Chris Eller. All screenings will have academic introductions and many will be followed by discussions. Screenings are free, but ticketed.


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