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Playlist: Ray Bradbury

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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The iconic science fiction writer passed away on June 6, 2012.

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Fahrenheit 451: A Big Read Documentary

From National Endowment for the Arts | Part of the The Big Read series | 28:51

Explore Bradbury's terrifying vision of a future without books as the NEA discusses his groundbreaking 1953 novel, "Fahrenheit 451".

This is a fascinating program with Bradbury featured throughout, explaining his inspirations and writing process.

"If you can encourage people to fill themselves up with poetry, to fill themselves up with novels, to fill themselves up with films, to live in art galleries, and discover the metaphors there, it's the most important thing you can do. But find your love. Go to the library -- maybe it's waiting for you there." -Bradbury

Cover_far451_000_small A world without books. That's something writer Ray Bradbury has imagined and re-imagined for much of his 85 years. As one of the most influential science fiction writers in history, Bradbury's work, more than 500 short stories and 11 novels to date, has helped shape the last half century of American literature and popular culture. The program features Bradbury along with several cultural luminaries, including Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Paquito D'Rivera, Hector Elizondo, Nat Hentoff, Ursula K. Le Guin, Azar Nafisi, Luis Alberto Urrea and Sam Weller.

Ray Bradbury Shares How He Wrote "Fahrenheit 451"

From National Endowment for the Arts | Part of the Literary Moments series | 01:00

A Literary Moment: Author Ray Bradbury discusses how he wrote his classic novel "Fahrenheit 451" in this one-minute piece.

Bigreadlogo_small This Literary Moment is part of the NEA's Big Reads Moments. The Big Read is an NEA program designed to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. In 2007, nearly 200 communities nationwide participated in the Big Read, reading one of twelve classic American novels such as "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston.

CyberFrequencies talks to Ray Bradbury about love!

From Queena Kim | Part of the CyberFrequencies, Pop + Tech Podcast series | 07:29

Ray Bradbury wrote a musical called "Wisdom 2116." He wrote it for an old couple he befriended as a young man. And it's taken Bradbury more than 50 years to see the musical performed on stage. Includes an interview with Bradbury.

Cf_logo-solo_small Ray Bradbury has a musical up in Pasadena called "Wisdom 2116." He wrote it for an old couple he befriended as a young man. And it's taken Bradbury more than 50-years to see the musical performed on stage. "Wisdom 2116" is a love story about the secret to staying young!

We also spoke to the legendary science fiction and fantasy writer at his home in Los Angeles. He tells us about writing Fahrenheit 451 and the secret to living forever!

To see vidoes of Bradbury and the musical go to http://www.cyberfrequencies.com/