Biographical / Historical
Ray Bradbury, an American author and screenwriter, was born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois; and died June 5, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
Widely known for his dystopian novel Fahreinheit 451 (1953), and his science-fiction and horror-story collections, The Martian Chronicles (1950), The Illustrated Man (1951), and I Sing the Body Electric (1969), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers. Recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Pulitzer Citation, Bradbury also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Comes from Outer Space. Many of his works were adapted to comic book, television, and film formats.
Bradbury’s friendship with Nelson Bond developed after meeting at the first World Science Fiction convention in 1949. Throughout the following decade Bradbury followed Bond’s work both in fiction and radio.
On his death in 2012, Bradbury was cited by the New York Times as "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream".
"Ray Bradbury." Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998. Biography In Context, http://link.galegroup.com.proxy.library.georgetown.edu/apps/doc/K1631000856/BIC?u=wash43584&sid=BIC&xid=226ab5a2. Accessed 11 July 2018.
Nelson Slade Bond was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania., on November 23, 1908 and died November 4, 2006. He wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage. According to Fritz Leiber, Bond was "one of the most widely published authors of science--and other--fiction" during the 1930s and 1940s” (Chicago Sunday Tribune). The 1998 recipient of the Nebula Author Emeritus award for lifetime achievement, Bond was a pioneer in early science fiction and fantasy. In the 1930s and 1940s he published mainly short stories for pulp magazines such as Blue Book magazine. He is noted for his "Lancelot Biggs" series of stories and for his "Meg the Priestess" tales, which introduced one of the first major female characters in science fiction.
"Nelson Slade Bond." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2006. Biography In Context, http://link.galegroup.com.proxy.library.georgetown.edu/apps/doc/H1000010221/BIC?u=wash43584&sid=BIC&xid=dcb938cf. Accessed 11 July 2018.