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SciFi Book Club: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

  • Jan 5, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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This month's selection is from the influential author, Ray Bradbury.

                                        The Illustrated Man


You could hear the voices murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.

A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury— eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. In this phantasmagoric sideshow, 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. Provocative and powerful, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.


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We will be meeting at the Citigroup Atrium.

There is an entrance at 53rd and Lexington Avenue off of the 53rd and Lex subway stop. You have to go down the steps; the subway station will be on your right and the Atrium will be straight in front of you. The doors are labelled.    

There is a Barnes and Noble (with a Starbucks inside) located on the next level up at 54th and 3rd. If you enter through the B&N, you will need to go through B&N (up a few steps from the entrance), past the NOOK display to the glass doors and down the escalator to the atrium.

There is free wi-fi in the Citigroup Atrium. There are also free public restrooms. Please let me know if you have any questions about the location.

We prefer you finish the book, but if you don’t, you can still certainly come. (But we will ruin it for you, so try to finish!)    

This book is available on eReaders. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or future book ideas! I hope to see you there!

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  • Rob M.

    Josh does do a great job! It was a great discussion, and really fun to do a short story collection.

    January 6, 2014

  • Aunt S.

    Josh does a great job of keeping the conversation interesting and relevant.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • David B.

    Some books I have on my to-read list:

    Bradley Denton - Buddy Holly is Alive & Well on Ganymede
    Joe Haldeman - Worlds
    Paul McAuley - 400 Billion Stars
    Pamela Sargent - Venus of Dreams

    I think our list of choices would be too long if everyone added 4 books, so I'm not suggesting you put all of these in for the vote. But if any of them sound like they'd be good on the ballot put it on.

    January 5, 2014

  • David B.

    Links to free audio SF including some of Bradbury's stories from Illustrated Man & Martian Chronicles at and various pages in that section of the site.
    Lots of authors. Old radio dramas, readings on radio & podcasts, etc.

    Bradbury's stories were on radio shows such as Escape, Suspense, Dimension X, X Minus 1, Future Tense, Mindwebs, and NBC Short Story.

    I'd intended to list links here, but I keep getting errors saying my message is too long.

    January 5, 2014

  • Drew M.

    I also seem to have a cold (although presumably a different one than Al!). Will be interested to hear how our first (?) short story anthology went over.

    January 5, 2014

  • Al M.

    I'm still trying to shake off this cold. I don't think the freezing rain will help. Man, this sucks! :( Well, I guess I'll comment on the book here later today.

    January 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love love love Bradbury

    December 17, 2013

  • Al M.

    "I'm aware of Bradbury."

    December 11, 2013

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