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Telescope: Ray Bradbury, illustrated

Smart and timely, Telescope promised to zoom in on famous and fascinating Canadians living all over the world. The brainchild of Fletcher Markle, this half-hour documentary series premiered in 1963 and ran for 10 seasons. Beginning in 1966, Telescope became the first Canadian-produced colour program on the CBC Television network.

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Ray Bradbury is no stranger to the world of TV and the movies. Since his first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival, debuted in 1947, the science fiction writer's work has been converted from page to screen numerous times. In 1969, his collection The Illustrated Man is the latest to get the Hollywood treatment. In this profile from CBC-TV's Telescope, Bradbury explains what the movie is about and describes his goals in writing science fiction.
Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Ill. in 1920 and became enthralled by science fiction by the age of seven or eight. "Soon after, the creative beast in me grew when Buck Rogers appeared, in 1928, and I think I went a trifle mad that autumn. It's the only way to describe the intensity with which I devoured the stories. You rarely have such fevers later in life that fill your entire day with emotion," he wrote in The New Yorker in 2012.

Bradbury moved to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 14 and sold his first story  in his early 20s. In 1947 his story collection Dark Carnival was published, but it was three years later, with The Martian Chronicles, that Bradbury achieved his breakthrough.

From 1985 to 1992 Bradbury was both writer and host for a TV series, "Ray Bradbury Theatre," featuring his stories brought to life. 

• Bradbury died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91.


Medium: Television
Program: Telescope
Broadcast Date: Jan. 9, 1969
Host: Fletcher Markle
Guest: Ray Bradbury, Chuck Jones
Duration: 23:34

Last updated: October 17, 2014

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