The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man That The Illustrated Man Has Remained In Print Since Being Published InIs Fair Testimony To The Universal Appeal Of Ray Bradbury S Work Only His Second Collection The First Was Dark Carnival, Later Reworked Into The October Country , It Is A Marvelous, If Mostly Dark, Quilt Of Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Horror In An Ingenious Framework To Open And Close The Book, Bradbury Presents Himself As A Nameless Narrator Who Meets The Illustrated Man A Wanderer Whose Entire Body Is A Living Canvas Of Exotic Tattoos What S Even Remarkable, And Increasingly Disturbing, Is That The Illustrations Are Themselves Magically Alive, And Each Proceeds To Unfold Its Own Story, Such As The Veldt, Wherein Rowdy Children Take A Game Of Virtual Reality Way Over The Edge Or Kaleidoscope, A Heartbreaking Portrait Of Stranded Astronauts About To Reenter Our Atmosphere Without The Benefit Of A Spaceship Or Zero Hour, In Which Invading Aliens Have Discovered A Most Logical Ally Our Own Children Even Though Most Were Written In The S And S, TheseClassic Stories Will Be Just As Chillingly EffectiveYears From NowStanley WiaterContents Prologue The Illustrated Man Ss The Veldt The World The Children Made Ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep Kaleidoscope Ss Thrilling Wonder Stories OctThe Other Foot Ss New Story Magazine MarThe Highway As By Leonard Spalding Ss Copy SprThe Man Ss Thrilling Wonder Stories FebThe Long Rain Death By Rain Ss Planet Stories SumThe Rocket Man Ss Maclean S Mar The Fire Balloons In This Sign Ss Imagination AprThe Last Night Of The World Ss Esquire FebThe Exiles The Mad Wizards Of Mars Ss Maclean S Sep FSF WinNo Particular Night Or Morning Ss The Fox And The Forest To The Future Ss Colliers May The Visitor Ss Startling Stories NovThe Concrete Mixer Ss Thrilling Wonder Stories AprMarionettes, Inc Marionettes, Inc Ss Startling Stories MarThe City Purpose Ss Startling Stories JulZero Hour Ss Planet Stories FllThe Rocket Outcast Of The Stars Ss Super Science Stories MarEpilogue Aw

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

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  • Paperback
  • 186 pages
  • The Illustrated Man
  • Ray Bradbury
  • English
  • 01 October 2019
  • 9780007127740

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  1. says:

    I read a review once that described Robert A Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways kind of a loveable rogue Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old professor whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities His stories are as warm and imaginative as a summer afternoon And all due respect to Fahrenheit 451, which is a fine novel, but I submit that Bradbury s great contribution to literature arises from his short stories, he is a master of the medium And just as Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke are the Big Three and are the masters and founders of modern science fiction, Bradbury is an atavist, a throwback to Wells and Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs he is our last link to a simpler time, before the age of information, before everything was required to be explained in scientific detail Where Heinlein will go into great detail to explain the mathematical elements of a hyperspace warp drive and how it affects the space time continuum, Bradbury would simply write, and they got in the rocket and went to Mars Beautifully simple and imaginative And, let s just get it out on the table what about Mars I think that to Bradbury, Mars was not just the fourth planet, Mars was a representative of another place Mars was the out there , was Bradbury s Neverland, his Wonderland.The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories, many that take up from the The Martian Chronicles with his fascination with Mars as an alternate reality, loosely connected with a centerpiece of a tattooed carnival worker whose body art moves and shifts and tells stories Wonderfully imaginative, quintessential Bradbury.

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    Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony he was an imaginative genius, nothing nothing less Bradbury picks the bones of society clean he gnaws at them until he exposes the reality of the marrow beneath Each story in here has a piece of wisdom to share, a resolution or disaster that could have been easily avoided if man was not so corrupt in his ways The I read of his writing the convinced I become that he was a misanthrope Time and time again he creates a situation that is pure and good yet, somehow man destroys it with his self obsessed stupidity And this is his point humanity is a cancer Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else Perhaps that s why Bradbury looked to the stars He saw that man was ruining earth, so he looked to give him a fresh start As with the equally as excellent collection of short stories The Martian Chronicles, the planet Mars plays a vital role in the narrative For Bradbury it represented something new and something clean, a means to rejuvenate and become something than we are Within the writing there is a glimpse of hope an almost extinguished spark that we can improve and become better it is faint, though it is there We re all fools, said Clemens, all the time It s just we re a different kind each day We think, I m not a fool today I ve learned my lesson I was a fool yesterday but not this morning Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we re not perfect and live accordingly He also built upon his elucidating novel Fahrenheit 451 is the short story Usher II creating a tale of revenge in its aftermath One very disgruntled reader rounds up the government officials, those that passed the book burning laws, and murders them all in a life size re creation of one of Poe s most memorable stories It s a sharp statement that strikes at the heart of censorship, control and consumerism It is the words of a man who feared for the future, who feared that one day stories would not be allowed such freedom And all this is told through the markings on a man s skin I find the idea of the illustrated man, a man who is covered in tattoos that shift and change telling new stories with every dawn, so clever It allowed Bradbury to enter any story he chose in here they could be random and it wouldn t overly matter This leads me on to my only criticism he did not really use that freedom as much as he could of The stories all related to one key theme or idea, and often involved Mars however, I think he could have done much and imagined up a selection of versatile illustrations stories if he triedI really did enjoy what he wrote here, hence the rating, though I will always know that he could have gone much further with this as the versatility in the image shows

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    And I think it s gonna be a long long time Till touch down brings me round again to findI m not the man they think I am at homeOh no no no I m a rocket manRocket man burning out his fuse up here alone Rocket Man Elton John Inspired by a story from The Illustrated ManSometimes when I read Ray Bradbury, I feel like I am not worthy.That was definitely the case this time Not just a 5 star book all the starts in the universe Bradbury is a master story teller He is a weaver of the unique and bizarre His words and stories dig into your brain and set up shop What once seemed normal what once seemed reasonable will quickly become unstable and other worldly in the hands of this master While maybe not every one of the stories in The Illustrated Man will blow you away, I can almost 100% guarantee they will all leave you thinking in their own special way.While reading this collection, I got into a discussion about how Bradbury writes That discussion included a side journey into the old Twilight Zone episodes That is exactly it every Bradbury story reads exactly like an old episode of the classic sci fi show Often, things appear normal and Bradbury will shift them in a slight and unexpected way which takes the story in a way just slightly outside the norm These shifts are rarely monumental or explosive just enough to throw off the norm For example, and this is not one he used, but should illustrate what I mean he might write a story in a world where the letter A has been banned and go through all the ramifications that might have on the fictional society in his story.Another huge factor that is obvious in these stories is the affect the world of 1951 year of publication had on these stories You can tell that these stories were written under the pressure of the cold war, nuclear threat, governments in turmoil, Communist fears, civil rights, etc So much of the world from that time period seeps between the lines I would almost say that some of this book is in a genre of its own historic sci fi If you have any interest in how the world affected literature in the mid 1900s, this would be the perfect case study.As it is pretty obvious by now, I loved this book I love Bradbury I cannot wait until the next one

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    The first few stories were AMAZING, and with the exception of a few that I enjoyed later on, the rest of the stories were pretty boring They were all really futuristic and most had to do with Mars in some way, which I thought was cool Most of the stories also had very clear moral lessons, so they re great stories to read aloud maybe not to small children, but I m sure older kids would enjoy them My favorite stories are The Veldt The Other Foot The Rocket Man The Last Night of the World and this one is only a few pages long The Fox and the ForestI wish that the Illustrated Man would have had a bigger part of the story like he did at the beginning , but oh well Overall, a fairly enjoyable collection.

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    Qu pasar a si es el t rmino operativo para muchos de estos cuentos , dice Ray Bradbury en su pr logo llamado Bailando para no estar muerto , escrito en 1997 para la reedici n de este libro y es verdad Todo lo que leemos en ellos tienen impl cito ese gran interrogante Ray Bradbury, uno de mis escritores preferidos por su brillante y genuina narrativa, siempre me ense a, me deslumbra y es por ello que lo admiro tanto.Siendo autodidacta desde ni o, no necesit estudiar ninguna carrera de letras, se form leyendo diez horas por d a en bibliotecas p blicas, comenzando por la de su pueblo, el ignoto Waukegan en Illinois para transformarse en uno de los padres fundacionales de la ciencia ficci n y un ejemplo para muchos autores con el correr de las d cadas Todo lo que se desprende de su pluma es pura y verdadera magia.Desde la publicaci n de sus m ticas Cr nicas Marcianas all por 1951 que lo posicionan en el candelero literario hasta esa novela fabulosa y brillante llamada Fahrenheit 451 y a partir de much simos libros de cuentos y novelas, la figura de Bradbury fue agigant ndose hasta transformarse en un modelo a seguir para aquellos entusiastas escritores que quisieron probar suerte con la ciencia ficci n.Su amor por el planeta Marte y su avidez de conocimiento del espacio y el universo fueron determinantes para transformar su mente en una verdadera usina generadores de fant sticos cuentos de ciencia ficci n con la particularidad de que siempre supo mostrar el costado humano ante la tecnolog a, la ciencia y el espacio, y especialmente de c mo estos elementos afectan muchas veces de manera adversa a las personas.En los dieciocho cuentos que conforman El hombre ilustrado , Bradbury destila magia, aventuras, acci n, pero tambi n reflexi n, recogimiento, planteos y dudas Nos hace pensar seriamente, m s all de cohetes espaciales o visitante marcianos, qui nes somos y c mo nuestra naturaleza humana nos define y condiciona.Estos cuentos, adem s de ser muy variados en sus tem ticas, tienen los ingredientes exactos para no aburrir el lector sino todo lo contrario atraerlo para llegar al final Independientemente de otros grandes expositores del g nero como lo son Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, Arthur C Clarke, o rsula le Guin, este gran autor descolla por su permanente apuesta al humanismo versus la fr a tecnolog a.Anticipando la realidad virtual, tan habitual en nuestros tiempos, nos encontramos con el escalofriante relato llamado La pradera Esas pantallas son tan reales Lo que sucede en la habitaci n de esos ni os, recreando tan v vidamente la vida salvaje del frica culminar en un verdadero frenes de locura que atrapar a sus padres.Tenemos el caso del cuento Calidoscopio , con esos astronautas cayendo por el espacio luego de la explosi n de su cohete En el le damos una atenta mirada a la peque ez que somos los seres humanos en el vasto universo.Un gran cuento de este libro se titula El otro pie , y debido a l Bradbury tuvo una gran resistencia por parte de mucha gente porque este cuento, que parece conectar con el cuento Un camino a trav s del aire de Cr nicas marcianas dado que el autor enfrenta al racismo, subiendo la apuesta se pone del lado de los negros consideremos lo que suceder a en los Estados Unidos en la d cada siguiente , los defiende y a su vez nos ense a a que no deber a existir ning n tipo de diferencia alguna entre los seres humanos.Un grupo de astronautas es enloquecido por una lluvia interminable y devastadora en La larga lluvia Aqu es donde m s afianza Bradbury el impacto psicol gico que ese elemento les genera a sus personajes.Si algo caracteriz a Bradbury fueron su constante alegatos en contra la guerra y la utilizaci n de las bombas que tanto da o causaron en la poblaci n desde las que cayeron en Hiroshima y Nagasaki, pasando por el napalm destructor de los norteamericanos en Vietnam como en eso que se llam Guerra Fr a , con su constante amenaza latente de una inminente guerra entre Rusia y los Estados Unidos El grito discordante de estos alegatos pueden sentirse claramente en los cuentos La larga lluvia y El zorro y el bosque y tienen una efecto notable en el cuento La mezcladora de cemento.O tal es el caso de la pareja que espera La ltima noche del mundo , un cuento corto cargado de una tensi n psicol gica notable que pasa del personaje al lector en el que Bradbury nos plantea la inquietud de c mo reaccionar amos si eso pasara Los desterrados es para m el mejor relato del libro Simplemente brillante y solo podr a salir de su inventiva genial Las brujas de H cate, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens y Ambrose Bierce, que han sido algunos de los escritores que Bradbury tanto admiraba son homenajeados en este relato brillante.La trama argumental gira alrededor de que los autores se han refugiado en Marte porque saben que en el a o 2020 se ha dictado una ley en la Tierra que primero prohibi sus libros fueran le dos para luego disponer que se quemen Una vez destruido el ltimo libro, el autor desaparece para siempre De esta manera los autores, liderados por Poe se proponen asustar a los astronautas que aterrizan en Marte para quemar los ltimos doscientos libros Con hechizos y conjuros luchar n por no desaparecer Este cuento se relaciona directamente con Fahrenheit 451, dando la impresi n que puede haber servido como inspiraci n para ampliar el concepto en su novela.En cuentos como Una noche o una ma ana cualquiera o El hombre del cohete , Bradbury expone la cuesti n de como el espacio afecta a los hombres sean astronautas o residentes en Marte Desnuda nuestra precaria condici n humana y obviamente nos deja pensando A punto tal que terminamos d ndole la raz n Marionetas S A es otro de los mejores cuentos del libro Corto, pero de una intensidad apasionante acerca de un robot creado exactamente igual a la persona original por una empresa y que posee un final digno de Edgar Allan Poe Casas inteligentes , al igual que en el cuento La pradera nos vuelve a mostrar el tema de los avances tecnol gicos, mientras que en el otro cuento las enormes pantallas virtuales son el eje central, aqu es una ciudad inteligente, casi viva y en estado de alerta la que actuar en contra de astronautas que llegan de la Tierra, pero que para ella son los intrusos Nuevamente el final es impactante.El escalofriante cuento La hora cero alterna entre inocentes ni os y una invasi n marciana con una reminiscencia a la novela El se or de las moscas La forma en que los ni os se transforman en aut nticos objetos malvados y ominosos crea una aut ntica atm sfera de suspenso y terror culminado de manera infartarte.El cuento m s bello del libro de llama El cohete , en el que un pobre chatarrero que nunca pudo viajar a Marte construye un cohete de aluminio para hacerle creer a sus hijos que har un viaje real En este cuento Bradbury apunta a las cosas bellas de la vida, que son precisamente las m s peque as y a la vez m s importantes como el amor hacia nuestros hijos Este relato est adornado de una dulzura especial y logra que uno como lector nunca se olvide de l.Para el final, nos encontraremos con el cuento que le da el t tulo al libro, de caracter sticas terror ficas, en el que un hombre enfrentar su destino a partir de que una vieja bruja le llena el cuerpo de tatuajes que cobran vida Ese hombre ilustrado es el que se encuentra el narrador sin nombre al principio del libro y de l se desprenden estas maravillosas y sorprendentes historias.Dijo Ray Bradbury Espero encontrarme con H G Wells o tener la compa a de Jules Verne Cuando trabajo en un espacio viviente entre los dos, entro en xtasis Dichosos nosotros los lectores que tenemos la inmensa suerte de disfrutar de semejante xtasis leyendo libros como este.

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    he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green and gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest The people themselves were in twenty or odd groups upon his arms, shoulders, back, sides, and wrists, as well as on the flat of his stomach You found them in forests of hair, lurking among a constellation of freckles, or peering from armpit caverns, diamond eyes aglitter Each seemed intent upon his own activity each was a separate gallery portrait How did he do it Ray Bradbury had an uncanny ability to describe things so vividly that my mind automatically generates clear hi def image even as I read the words As if Bradbury conjured images with his words rather than just writing them.Since his passing a few months ago I have been on a little Bradbury binge, I started with started with Something Wicked This Way Comes, then The October Country, The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and now The Illustrated Man As with a lot of his works The Illustrated Man is science fantasy than science fiction, the science in his stories are often very suspect but Bradbury never wanted to write hard sf, he left that sort of thing to the likes of Asimov Clarke Heinlein, who were masters of the form He wanted to write about humanity in his imagined scenarios The whys are always important than the hows for him.My favourite cover, I always like the on the nose ones.Mars is Bradbury s go to planets for aliens and rockets the space vehicle of choice So, this being an sf collection Mars and rockets are featured in most stories, no FTL drives here probably because all the stories take place within our solar system mostly just Earth and Mars with one exception There are 18 stories here, wrapped within a great frame story featuring the titular Illustrated Man, he of the weird animated tattoos so beautifully described in the quoted paragraph above 1 The Veldt Featuring one of Bradbury s favorite plot devices, the auto house AI controlled houses When a virtual reality nursery insist on showing an African veldt with hungry lions I think an appropriate modern tagline for this story would be Shit Just Got Real A tale of bad parenting and over indulging kids, I don t think Bradbury would have liked to live in an auto house.2 Kaleidoscope After a rocket fall apart while in space the astronauts begin to float off in all directions Here death is shown to be a great leveler Also a rumination on the quality of death , regret, redemption, and peace of mind as the end approaches.3 The Other Foot This seems like a sequel to Way in the Middle of the Air from The Martian Chronicles Mars has been entirely colonized by black people for 20 years One day a rocket arrive with a crew of whites, will all hell break lose I like the way the kids are all excited about seeing their first white people.4 The Highway The world ends except in countryside, where the rural protagonist s scope of the world is defined by his immediate pastoral settings A simple life ignorance bliss5 The Man Rumours of the Messiah on Mars, not so much the Second Coming as the First such arrival, you gotta have faith a faith a faith.6 The Long Rain This is actually my favorite story in this collection, it is set on Venus for a change where it pelts down with rain all the time, very visceral, especially as it was raining when I was reading it.7 The Rocket Man Yes, this song inspired Elton John s hit of the same name A sad story about an astronaut so addicted to space he forsakes his family.8 The Fire Balloons Sentient and enlightened Martian balloons Short short stories shouldn t be described at length 9 The Last Night of the World What it says on the tin but without any scene of explosions or death and destruction It s just like any other day really.10 The Exiles The year is actually mentioned here, it s 2120 and Man is about to arrive on Mars Unfortunately it is already occupied by the witches from Macbeth and other creatures from supernatural tales banned on Earth This story is similar in theme to Fahrenheit 451.11 No Particular Night or Morning This story reminds me of the old philosophical question When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and no animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound I suspect only self centered and insane people would believe things don t exist when they are not around.12 The Fox and the Forest The single time travelling tale here, a nice couple hounded by some kind of time police , not on Mars incidentally.13 The Visitor A telepathic man arrive on Mars, he has the ability to conjure up illusions of places, sight and smell Makes him all too popular among the sick sufferers of blood rust who have been cast off from Earth Reminds me of a story from The Martian Chronicles called The Martian.14 The Concrete Mixer Martians invade earth and become corrupted by our numerous vices and follies The single humorous story in this book I think Particularly satirical of the American way of life.15 Marionettes, Inc Do Marionettes dream of electric sheep This is an early example of the sf trope of replacing people with robot or android copies Veteran sf readers will not be surprised by the ending, but it is still a great little story about what makes us human and the way we treat each other.16 The City The single scifi horror story here about a living AI city If we don t reap what we sow our descendants will do the reaping, or may be we reap what our ancestors sow Surprisingly violent and graphic story May be this is my favorite story in this book Any way, it s just great 17 Zero Hour Reminds me of the M Night Shyamalan s movie Signs Also about the peril of bad parenting again , I think More creepy kids.18 The Rocket A sweet but not too saccharine story about a poor junkyard family The image of an inert silver rocket standing in the junkyard is particularly evocative.After that we are back with the eponymous Illustrated Man, in nice and creepy closer And look how long I have gone on and on Not the strongest Bradbury collection I think, but still a must read for fans of the late great author, of sf stories, and of decent reads in general Sexy Rod Steiger version

  7. says:

    Bradbury siendo excelente como siempre, muchos de los cuentos se encuentran en el ep tome de la creatividaden cuanto escriba la rese a dar un aleluya a los mejores.

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    Bradbury s classic short story collection includes some Golden Age gems and some duds too Prologue The Illustrated Man 3 5 framing story that starts off the collection The Veldt 5 5 you can take the kids out of the veldt, but you can t take the veldt out of the kids Kaleidoscope 3 5 dying astronauts final thoughts and wishes The Other Foot 5 5 what happens when a rocket brings a Caucasian to an African American settlement on Mars written in 1949 prior to the Civil Rights Movement The Highway 3 5 a contrast in perspectives regarding Armageddon The Man 3 5 praise Jebus The Long Rain 3 5 We ve been through every kind of rain there is Forrest Gump The Rocket Man 3 5 Mamas don t let your babies grow up to be Rocket Men The Last Night of the World 2 5 Think about it What if it s the last day on Earth for you For someone you love What if that s true The Exiles 4 5 Will the real Martians please stand up No Particular Night or Morning 1 5 12 pages of ranting about object permanence The Fox and the Forest 4 5 time travel AWOL The Visitor 4 5 And I thought it was bad when I had to fight my daughter for the remote The Concrete Mixer 2 5 interesting idea but too long and overbearingly critical Marionettes, Inc 4 5 lighthearted story about spousal robot replacements The City 4 5 When the lights go down in the city Zero Hour 5 5 Nice twist on an alien invasion story with laugh out loud dark humor The Rocket 3 5 outer space family vacation The Illustrated Man 3 5 fat, tattooed and angry is no way to go through life, son Epilogue 3 5 finale of the framing story There s also an Introduction written by the author in 1997 contained in the newer editions of this collection.

  9. says:

    Una muy bella compilaci n de historias que Ray Bradbury fue publicando en diferentes revistas entre los a os 47 y 51.

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    I shall remain on Mars and read a book Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated ManRay Bradbury is forever connected to my youth He is 180 proof literary, pulp, scifi nostalgia I remember reading him for fun, reading him anthologized, reading him again and again I permanently dented my aunt s couch one summer reading Vonnegut and Bradbury I ve recently returned to him as a father and an adult and get to re establish connection to this great writer of American pop lit His stories and books as well are part of our modern psyche He was the original rocket man Not the first star in the night, but the one that tore a bit of the sky open for the rest There are no crappy stories here He wrote about alienation, loneliness, jealousy, racism, and fear in new ways He was light on scifi it was a light frame and heavy on characters, but he kept enough of the pulpy scifi tropes to make you almost unaware of the pill you were swallowing until it was completely absorbed Reading these reminded me how little I appreciated Bradbury s prose when I was young I was a kid, so I was fixated on the story, the surprise, the horror Now, I read these stories and I think DAMN Bradbury can write the pants off all but the best short story writers He might not be Chekhov, but on his best days and with his best stories, he isn t far behind.Stories 1 The Veldt 2 Kaleidescope 3 The Other Foot 4 The Highway 5 The Man 6 The Long Rain 7 The Rocket Man 8 The Last Night of the World 9 The Exiles 10 No Particular Night or Evening 11 The Fox and the Forest 12 The Visitor 13 The Concrete Mixer 14 Marionettes, Inc 15 The City 16 Zero Hour 17 The Rocket 18 The Illustrated Man story frame

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