Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury
Somewhere a Band Is Playing & Leviathan '99

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A journalist bearing terrible news leaps from a still-moving train into a small town of wonderful, impossible secrets . . .

The doomed crew of a starship follows their blind, mad captain on a quest into deepest space to joust with destiny, eternity, and God Himself . . .

Now and Forever is a bold new work from an incomparable artist whose stories have reshaped America's literary landscape. Two bewitching novellas—each distinctly different, yet uniquely Bradbury—demonstrate the breathtaking range of his undimmed talent and the irrepressible vitality of the mind, spirit, and heart of America's preeminent storyteller.

 

About Ray Bradbury

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In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury, who died on June 5, 2011 at the age of 91, inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors.Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
 
Published April 16, 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 260 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The pleasure here is writing that sounds like Aaron Copland’s music written for Our Town, and it is pleasant indeed.

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In his 13th year, the year he began to write, Ray Bradbury walked to school every day through a desolate, baked landscape colonised by cacti, lizards, spiders and snakes.

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With a writing style so smooth and hypnotic, Bradbury never.

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Entertainment Weekly

Now and Forever (2007) Now and Forever offers two long-gestating novellas from the master: a fable about a desert town populated by immortals ("Somewhere a Band Is Playing") and… 2007-09-04 Ray Bradbury ...

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This volume will delight not only Bradbury fans, but anyone looking to read thought-provoking and entertaining science fiction stories.

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