Illustrated Man | Fiction & LiteratureEducated at Los Angeles High School, Bradbury didn't attend college, but rather spent his free time emersed in reading in the local libraries. In , he published his first story Hollerbochen's Dilemma , which appeared in Imagination magazine. That year he also founded Futura Fantasia magazine, which ran for four issues, the content of which was mostly Bradbury's. Unable to enter the military during World War II because of poor eyesight, Bradbury became a full-time writer and contributed to all the mainstream SF publications. In , he published his first collection of stories, Dark Carnival , which was well-received.
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The Illustrated Man
That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in 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. That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury's wor See More.
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Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin--visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Walking along an asphalt road, I was on the final long of a two weeks' walking tour of Wisconsin. Late in the afternoon I stopped, ate some pork, beans, and a doughnut, and was preparing to stretch out and read when the Illustrated Man walked over the hill and stood for a moment against the sky. I didn't know he was Illustrated then. I only know that he was tall, once well muscled, but now, for some reason, going to fat.
The Illustrated Manappears in Prologue: The Illustrated Man and Epilogue The Illustrated Man is a carnival worker who noticed a sign outside an old lady's house offering exquisite tattoos. She worked on him for a whole night, covering his body with beautiful pictures. However, at night, the pictures come to life and tell stories about the future. The Illustrated Man provides a framework for the stories that follow, melding them all into one tale that shows different pieces and parts of a single future. The Illustrated Man is cursed by his beautiful and magical tattoos.