Ray Bradbury’s close encounters with W.C. Fields, George Burns and … Bo Derek?

Source: los angeles times

Susan King writes about classic Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times (and now for Hero Complex) and has interviewed many of the giants of cinema and pop culture over the decades. She says one of the more memorable encounters was a visit to the wonderfully cluttered desk of Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury has the most amazing dreams. “I write screenplays,” he says with a wink, “in the middle of the night.” When he wakes in the morning, he calls his daughter in Arizona and dictates his dispatch from the Land of Nod, the latest story in a life of imagination,

Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine Bradbury turns 90 on Aug. 22, but though many people seem to lose their sense of wonder through the years, his is there waiting for him every morning, just like a cup of coffee. “Ideas just show up,” he says, “just like that. I just finished a new book I sent off to the publisher. It has 22 short stories in it. It’s going to be published at Christmas. It’s called ‘Juggernaut.’ ”

Speaking of unstoppable momentum, Bradbury marches on despite the strokes that have caused him to lose the use of his right arm, the sight in one eye and much of his mobility. The stories still come, though, and the shelf of classics — “Fahrenheit 451.” “The Martian Chronicles,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “The Illustrated Man” — only gather more acclaim through the years.


Satisfy your Hunger’ with the last in a trilogy


This young adult book is shrouded in mystery, the author is giving few advance interviews, and fans have been waiting a year for its appearance. Sound like an installment of “Harry Potter?” “Twilight?” It’s actually the final book in the bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

“Mockingjay” launches on Tuesday, with 1.2 million copies hitting bookstores, and Collins will be taking part in a 12-city book tour that lasts through November. The first book of the trilogy, titled “The Hunger Games,” is being developed into a film by Lionsgate, and speculation has begun about who will play the heroine.

The science-fiction trilogy, geared to ages 12 and older, takes place in the future, in a country called Panem, which exists in what used to be North America. It’s a dystopian world – the opposite of utopian – a place run by dictatorship and filled with misery and oppression. The Capitol runs the country, and each year its 12 subservient districts are forced to offer one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 16 to participate in the Hunger Games. The gladiator-style battle is televised nationally and kids are forced to kill other kids to survive, with the winner bringing a year of plenty to their district.


Cassandra Clare EXCLUSIVE: Check Out The ‘Clockwork Angel’ Book Trailer Now!


A confession, my fellow young-adult fiction fans: I have had Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones” on my shelf here for close to a year and somehow managed to resist the lure of the iridescent, tattooed and shirtless man hovering over the New York skyline on its cover. I’d read all the hype — and the best-seller lists — about the “Mortal Instruments” series, which follows 15-year-old Brooklynite Clary Fray into New York’s supernatural underworld. But I think the size of the books, and even the expectation that I would be sucked into yet another fantastical world of vampires, angels and werewolves, made me procrastinate.


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