Ray Bradbury’s Abiding Influence


  • Jason Aukerman IUI




American literature, Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury’s career spanned seven decades and intersected a remarkable, wide-ranging gamut of American cultural history. He was closely associated with Hollywood, where his stories and books were adapted for feature films and television. Adaptations of his work for network radio broadcasts began in 1946 and continued, both at home and abroad, until three years before his passing in 2012. For more than forty years he adapted dozens of his stories for successful stage runs in Los Angeles and occasionally for national venues. But his influence reached even broader cultural stages, writing for radio, film, television, and stage theater production. Throughout his life he defended public libraries and First Amendment rights, and eventually became one of the most prominent public advocates for space exploration. While he is most well-known for his fiction, having published more than four hundred stories and twenty-seven book-length works, including The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, The Golden Apples of the Sun, The October Country, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451, he also engaged real-world issues in his writing, including racial and political intolerance, freedom of the imagination, the threat of nuclear war, the need to fund the American Space program, and the vital importance of literacy.

Author Biography

Jason Aukerman, IUI

Jason is the Director of the Ray Bradbury Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of American Studies and English at Indiana University, Indianapolis. His research interests include Ray Bradbury, the war fiction of United States veteran authors, 20th Century American genre fiction (primarily Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror), and adult literacy advancement. At IUI he teaches courses on American Supernatural, Conspiracy Theories, Banned Books, Science Fiction, as well as introductory literature courses.




How to Cite

Aukerman, J. (2023). Ray Bradbury’s Abiding Influence. The New Ray Bradbury Review, (7), 7–14. https://doi.org/10.18060/27567