A Medicine for Melancholy - Ray Bradbury - 1981 Bantam Books Paperback - Ian Miller Cover

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Blurb:  Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A family's first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household implements to help some kids play a game called Invasion. The most marvelous Christmas display a little boy ever saw. All those images and many more are inside this book, a new trade edition of thirty-one of Bradbury's most arresting tales--timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart. Ray Bradbury is known worldwide as one of the century's great men of imagination. Here are thirty-one reasons why.Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A familys first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household implements to help some kids play a game called Invasion. The most marvelous Christmas display a little boy ever saw. All those images and many more are inside this book, a new trade edition of thirty-one of Bradburys most arresting tales--timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart. Ray Bradbury is known worldwide as one of the centurys great men of imagination. Here are thirty-one reasons why.

Contents:

· In a Season of Calm Weather · ss Playboy Jan ’57
· The Dragon · vi Esquire Aug ’55
· A Medicine for Melancholy · ss *
· The End of the Beginning [“Next Stop: The Stars”] · ss Maclean’s Oct 27 ’56
· The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit [“The Magic White Suit”] · ss The Saturday Evening Post Oct 4 ’58
· Fever Dream · ss Weird Tales Sep ’48
· The Marriage Mender · ss Colliers Jan 22 ’54
· The Town Where No One Got Off · ss EQMM Oct ’58
· A Scent of Sarsaparilla · ss Star Science Fiction Stories #1, ed. Frederik Pohl, Ballantine, 1953
· Icarus Montgolfier Wright · ss F&SF May ’56
· The Headpiece · ss Lilliput May ’58
· Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed [“The Naming of Names”] · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug ’49
· The Smile · ss Fantastic Sum ’52
· The First Night of Lent · ss Playboy Mar ’56
· The Time of Going Away · ss The Reporter Nov 29 ’56
· All Summer in a Day · ss F&SF Mar ’54
· The Gift · vi Esquire Dec ’52; Fantastic Jul ’59
· The Great Collision of Monday Last · ss Contact Jan ’58
· The Little Mice [“The Mice”] · ss Escapade Oct ’55
· The Shoreline at Sunset · ss F&SF Mar ’59
· The Strawberry Window · ss Star Science Fiction Stories #3, ed. Frederik Pohl, Ballantine, 1954
· The Day It Rained Forever · ss Harper’s Jul ’57