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grasstains
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posted 12-29-2003 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for grasstains   Click Here to Email grasstains     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where I can find the original short story which spawned Fahrenheit 451. I'd like to read it just for curiousity's sake, F-451 being my favorite novel. Thank You

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Richard
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posted 12-29-2003 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The Fireman" was first published in GALAXY, a science fiction magazine, in its February, 1951 issue. It was later reprinted in a paperback anthology called SCIENCE FICTION ORIGINS (Popular Library, 1980), edited by William F. Nolan and Martin Greenberg. You may be able to find a copy of either or both on the Advanced Book Exchange:
http://www.abebooks.com

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grasstains
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posted 12-31-2003 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for grasstains   Click Here to Email grasstains     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Richard. That's definately limited circulation if those are the only printings. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me but, I guess that's what the thrill of the hunt is all about. I wonder If RB purposely kept "The Fireman" from being included in other anthologies and if so why. I've seen Asimov's original short story "Foundation" in several anthologies and a few other short stories by other authors that later became famous novels, so why not this one. Any theories out there???

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cbarger
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posted 01-05-2004 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbarger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if you were able to find that copy of "The Fireman" that you were looking for. I am also looking for a copy (I'm doing a science fiction unit with my high school English class and wish to includ this story). Please let me know if you have any luck at a particular website or store. Thanks!

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Sam Weller
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posted 01-05-2004 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Weller   Click Here to Email Sam Weller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greeting y'all:

"The Fireman," the 25,000-word precursor to "Fahrenheit 451" can be found in the 1980 book, "Science Fiction Origins," which , if memory serves correct, was edited by Ray's longtime friend, William F. Nolan. And an interesting sidenote -- in one of the early drafts of the new book, "Bradbury Stories," "The Fireman" was listed in the table of contents. Originally, it was supposed to be in the new book. I asked Ray about this and he said that he assumed that Ballantine, who owns "F 451," was prickly with letting the story go in the new book as they were not publishing it.

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