The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man


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That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in 1951 is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury's work. Only his second collection (the first was Dark Carnival, later reworked into The October Country), it is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man--a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What's even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as "The Veldt," wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge. Or "Kaleidoscope," a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere--without the benefit of a spaceship. Or "Zero Hour," in which invading aliens have discovered a most logical ally--our own children. Even though most were written in the 1940s and 1950s, these 18 classic stories will be just as chillingly effective 50 years from now. --Stanley Wiater


· Prologue: The Illustrated Man · ss *
· The Veldt [“The World the Children Made”] · ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep 23 ’50
· Kaleidoscope · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct ’49
· The Other Foot · ss New Story Magazine Mar ’51
· The Highway [as by Leonard Spalding] · ss Copy Spr ’50
· The Man · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Feb ’49
· The Long Rain [“Death-by-Rain”] · ss Planet Stories Sum ’50
· The Rocket Man · ss Maclean’s Mar 1 ’51
· The Fire Balloons [“‘In This Sign...’”] · ss Imagination Apr ’51
· The Last Night of the World · ss Esquire Feb ’51
· The Exiles [“The Mad Wizards of Mars”] · ss Maclean’s Sep 15 ’49; F&SF Win ’50
· No Particular Night or Morning · ss *
· The Fox and the Forest [“To the Future”] · ss Colliers May 13 ’50
· The Visitor · ss Startling Stories Nov ’48
· The Concrete Mixer · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’49
· Marionettes, Inc. [Marionettes, Inc.] · ss Startling Stories Mar ’49
· The City [“Purpose”] · ss Startling Stories Jul ’50
· Zero Hour · ss Planet Stories Fll ’47
· The Rocket [“Outcast of the Stars”] · ss Super Science Stories Mar ’50
· Epilogue · aw *

Title:The Illustrated Man
Edition Language:English
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    The Illustrated Man Reviews

  • Lyn

    I read a review once that described Robert A. Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways ...

  • Matthew

    “And I think it's gonna be a long long time'Till touch down brings me round again to findI'm not the man they think I am at homeOh no no no I'm a rocket manRocket man burning out his fuse up here al...

  • Vit Babenco

    The Illustrated Man is written in the iridescent language of those kaleidoscopic tattoos it tells us about…The nursery was silent. It was empty as a jungle glade at hot high noon. The walls were bla...

  • Sean Barrs

    Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony: he was an imaginative genius, nothing more nothing less. Bradbury picks the bones o...

  • Baba

    Genius!: 16 short sci-fi, horror and/or fantasy stories, linked by the concept that each story is represented by the animated tattoos on the Illustrated Man's body. All 16 tales are very very good, I ...

  • Mario the lone bookwolf

    Reading Bradbury a second and third time is like exploring a natural wonder, finding more and more details and interconnections and wondering more and more about how something like this can be both cr...

  • Gabrielle

    When the fuzzy bootie slippers and knit shawls come out, so do the Ray Bradbury books...As someone who could have made a living as a tattooed lady in a sideshow a hundred years ago, I am completely en...

  • Apatt

    "... he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When hi...

  • RJ - Slayer of Trolls

    Bradbury's classic short story collection includes some Golden Age gems and some duds too:- Prologue: The Illustrated Man - 3/5 - framing story that starts off the collection - The Veldt - 5/5 - you c...

  • P.E.

    A banquet of flavoury and colourful short novels delicately put together. The French Gallimard edition The Contents :Introduction : Dancing, So As Not to Be DeadPrologue: The Illustrated Man🟊 The...