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Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury
Avon (reprint, hardcover, 304 pages, $15 US)
Publication date: June 8, 1999 (First Edition: Sept. 1962)

Avon issued this American classic of dark fantasy in paperback last year (partially inspiring a cranky column from editor Neil Walsh). Now they bring it back in a handsome hardcover edition - no doubt just to make Neil happy. "Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys -- best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade -- are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever."
Art: Chris Lane
Ahmed and the Oblivion Machines
Avon (hardcover, 64 pages, $14/$19 Can)
Publication date: November 11, 1998

The incomparable Ray Bradbury's latest offering is a novella-length tale illustrated by Chris Lane. When 12-year-old Ahmed falls off his camel (after spending too long gazing at the stars), it looks like his young life is over. But when he stumbles over an ancient bronze mask, long buried in the sand, his tears bring it to life, and he finds himself face to face with the magical giant Gonn-ben-Allah-- and soon flying across the desert in one magical construct after another, strange flying devices called oblivion machines. A new fable from the author of Dandelion Wine and The Halloween Tree.
Dandelion Wine
Avon (reprint, hardcover, 288 pages, $15 US)
Publication date: February, 1998

One of the great classics of the genre, back in print in an affordable hardcover from Avon. "Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. "
Green Shadows, White Whale
Avon/EOS (reprint, trade paperback, 240 pages, $10 US)
Publication date: September, 1998 (First Printing: 1992)

The Grand Master of Fantasy's 1992 novel has been called "mainstream" -- if you can slap that label on a book which imagines Bradbury himself being called to Ireland to write a screenplay for an epic film adaptation of Moby Dick by legendary director John Huston -- and where he confronts a laughing ogre, IRA members, priests, banshees, George Bernard Shaw, and a cast of colorful characters as he discovers the secrets of the Irish.
Driving Blind
Avon (reprint, paperback, 259 pages, $6.50 US/$8.50 Can)
Publication date: September 9, 1998 (First Printing: October 1997)

The latest collection of short fiction from the master of American fantasy. Of the 21 stories herein, only four are reprints -- the other seventeen are all original to this volume. In these tales Bradbury shows us an expert car salesman with no face (the title piece), the Death of Death, ghosts and gambling, a sinister butcher, a dead man who believes he's still alive, and many others. "A stunning new collection of short fiction by the beloved Dean of American storytellers, Driving Blind takes readers on unforgettable excursions to the fantastic, glorious grand tours through time and memory -- interspersed with strange, unexpected side trips to the disturbing and the eerie."
[Cover] I Sing the Body Electric!
Avon trade paperback
Get that "I-know-it's-a-classic-but-won't-it-put-me-to-sleep?" look out of your eye. Collected here are 28 of the greatest stories (and one poem) by one of the great masters of 20th century fantasy, with settings ranging from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Classic material that has influenced two generations of American fantasy writers, and has been translated into... oh, never mind. You're hopeless. Go back to the Godzilla compendium.
[Cover] A Medicine for Melancholy
Avon (reprint, trade paperback
Avon reprints one of the early collections from the author Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles. Featuring 32 tales from the '40s and '50s, including "The Wonderful Ice-Cream Suit" and "The Million Year Picnic."
[Cover] The Illustrated Man
Avon hard cover
If this true classic of the genre has somehow escaped your library up to now, here's your chance to correct the situation with a high quality, inexpensive ($15 US) edition from Avon. The Illustrated Man contains eighteen interwoven tales rich with the kind of imagery Bradbury is famous for: "The mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into vast, empty space... the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost... the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets." Do yourself a favour and don't depart summer without a copy.
The Martian Chronicles
Avon Books hard cover
Latest edition of the Bradbury classic. A good chance to get it into your library, if it's somehow avoided you up 'til now.
[Cover] Quicker than the Eye
Avon Books hard cover
The latest from the grand master of modern fantasy, this new collection from the author of The Martian Chronicles and The October Country offers never before collected stories.

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