A feature interview with Ray Bradbury. He is not only one of America's most popular science fiction writers, but perhaps the only author who has both a star on Hollywood Boulevard and an asteroid named after him. Not bad for a guy who never made it through college.
In all, Bradbury has written more than five hundred works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, you name it. Fahrenheit 451, perhaps his best-known novel, has sold more than five million copies over the past fifty-some years. The book tells of a hedonistic anti-intellectual America in which books are illegal. Like all good speculative fiction, its themes become more resonant with the passing of time. So far he's two out of three.
The interview with Mr. Bradbury on this show is with Vicki Gabereau from 1985. The interview was ostensibly to promote his latest book, "Death is a Lonely Business" but the conversation strays far and wide.