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The Fireman by Ray Bradbury
From: Galaxy Magazine - February 1951
The first publication of what would later be titled 'Fahrenheit 451'.
Short story.
Published February 1951 by Galaxy Magazine
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Ed Erwin
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, short-story
This story has kind-of too many ideas for one story. It isn't only about the power of classic books vs. the inanity of popular entertainment. It also mixes-in an out-of-control police state, a robot dog, city-leveling bombs, kids in cars running over pedestrians for fun, and more. (See also the short story The Pedestrian: A Fantasy in One Act.)

But my enjoyment was 5 stars for the almost poetry of Bradbury's style.

Funny enough, the book of Job is important in this story. I read that for the first
Royce Ratterman
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fireman by Ray Bradbury
Galaxy Magazine - February 1951
In this first publication of what would later be titled 'Fahrenheit 451', Ray Bradbury's short story remains as vital today as it was over 65 years ago.
I loved the flow of this tale, as I did the book, and felt the sadness at the loss of a character - not shown in the film. The Professor, neighbor girl, mechanical dog... all enjoyable and as representative as they should be.
Overall, a great story for the researcher and enthusiast. Availab
Kevin Lucia
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Came across this recently on the Internet Archive, and as a lover of Fahrenheit 451 - which I teach every year - I wanted to check it out. Interesting the parts Bradbury kept, and the parts he either changed, expanded, or got rid of. It's also how much of "The Pedestrian" apparently lived inside this story, also. Definitely something for the consummate Bradbury fan to enjoy. ...more
Gaj Tomas
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fahreheit 451 being my favorite novel of all time, it was interested to see what kind of a version came before it and I was not disappointed. Still preferd the novel, as it explored the brief moments that defined the novel, such as Clarisse, the poem reading, etc.
Frances Sawaya
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Written over fifty years ago, this book still burns strong with its emphasis on the value of books and the importance of genuine discussion. Leave it to Bradbury to be able to look into the future and see the way we are today with too much scorn for fact, true science, for critical thought and the arts.
Andrew Mossberg
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
early version of Fahrenheit 451
Chelsea Hill
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was good! I've been meaning to reread Fahrenheit 451 for a few years now so I was happy to read this for class. I'm now very curious how this short story differs from the novel! I read Fahrenheit at least eight years ago now so I don't remember what happens - all I know is that there was nothing in this short story that felt unfamiliar! And yet it also didn't feel condensed. Funnily enough, I think I'm more motivated to pick up Fahrenheit now! When I do, I'll be glad to compare them. ...more
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Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at ...more

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