Alibi V.12 No.37 • Sept 11-17, 2003 

Art Article

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

Ray Bradbury
William Morrow
hardcover
$29.95

At his worst, Ray Bradbury's science fiction tales seem somewhat dated when read through 21st century eyes. For my tastes, at least, the whole space-suits-and-little-green-men-on-Mars routine seems a bit antique at this point. There's no denying, though, that at his best Bradbury is one hell of a good tale teller, and his short stories certainly represent some of his very best work. Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales offers exactly what the title says it offers, and there's a reason these stories are so celebrated. Short and punchy, many of these tales extend far outside the boundaries of anything that can legitimately be called science fiction. For long-time fans or new converts, this should be an excellent one-volume collection of stories culled from a long and distinguished career.