Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.
The Waukegan Public Library handed out free copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 prior to an event in which three authors read from banned books at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre for this year’s Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. The first one hundred attendees received a copy of Bradbury’s novel which were recovered from Bradbury’s garage after the author’s death in 2012. The festival also sees the start of the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
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Author Ray Bradbury (b.1920) died on June 5. Bradbury was one of the major science fiction authors whose name was known beyond the field, along with Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein. His notable works including Fahrenheit 451, about censorship and book burning, and the collected stories that made up The Martian Chronicles. He is also the author of Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many short stories. Bradbury has also written for film, most notably the screenplay for Moby Dick, and SFWA has named its screenplay award, The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, in his honor. Bradbury has received the National Medal of Arts, World Fantasy Award Life Achievement Award, Stoker Award Life Achievement Award, SFWA Grand Master, SF Hall of Fame Living Inductee, and First Fandom Award.
The California Artists Radio Theatre will be producing an an original radio drama adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Leviathan 99″ as part of a tribute to Bradbury and veteran writer/director Norman Corwin in early May. Bradbury and Corwin are both expected to attend a live stage production. The Los Angeles event will be open to the public.