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Ray Bradbury

Author of
A Sound of Thunder

Born in Waukegan,
Illinois

Some of Bradburys favorite


books to read as a child were:
Tarzan books
Buck Rogers
John Carter
Warlords of Mars

Bradbury began writing at the age of 12.


Here he is at a much younger age!

He loved movies. The first one he saw


was The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Bradbury published his first


story as a senior in high school.

He could not afford college, so


he educated himself at the
library!
He was paid for his work for
the first time at the age of 21.

Ray Bradbury died on June 15,


2012.

Were going to go with real people


and land on Mars in the next 20
years, and Im going to be buried in a
Campbells soup can on MarsIll be
the first one up there.

The automobile is the most


dangerous weapon in our society
cars kill more than wars do. More
than 50,000 people will die this year
because of them and nobody seems
to notice.

Science fiction is a great way to


pretend you are writing about the
future when in reality you are
attacking the recent past and the
present.

QUIZ

For what genre of


writing do you
think Ray Bradbury
is best known?

In what state
was Bradbury
born?

Explain the title


Fahrenheit
451.

QUICK WRITE

If you could travel in


time, forwards or
backwards, what time
period would you visit?
Why? What would you do
while you are visiting?

Characterization
The way a writer creates and develops
characters personalities. There are 4
basic methods of characterization:
Writer makes direct comments about a
characters personality through the
narrator
Writer describes characters physical
appearance through description
Writer presents the characters own
thoughts, speech, and actions
Writer presents other characters
thoughts about, speech, and actions
towards the character