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Marionettes, Inc.

Bradbury, Ray

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ISBN 10: 1596062150 / ISBN 13: 9781596062153
Published by Subterranean, Burton, Michigan, U.S.A., 2009
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Marionettes, Inc.

Publisher: Subterranean, Burton, Michigan, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: FIRST.

Book Type: Book

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In Marionettes, Inc., Ray Bradbury offers his devoted readers something both special and unexpected: a unified view of one small corner of a varied fictional universe. In five stories (one of them original to this collection, plus a rare, previously unpublished screen treatment), Bradbury explores the concept of Robotics and examines its impact on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people.

Several of these tales, including Changeling and Punishment Without Crime, are set in a world in which the eponymous company, Marionettes, Inc., has successfully created incredibly detailed replicas of existing men and women. When these surrogate people take their place in the real, often messy realm of human relationships, the results are sometimes tragic, sometimes ironic, and always surprising.

But the true heart of this resonant collection is the classic novella, I Sing the Body Electric. In this quintessential Bradbury story, an electric Grandma enters the lives of a grieving, newly motherless family, and slowly restores their capacity for wonder and joy. Like the very best of Bradbury s fiction, it is a magical, deeply felt account of hope, growth, survival, and change, and a moving meditation on what it really means to be human.

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This slim collection of Bradbury's classic short works on the subject of substitute people contains little new material: Wind-Up World is a vignette of two men complaining about the increasing mechanization of their world, while the screenplay outline Murder by Facsimile faithfully reformats the 1950 story Punishment Without Crime, in which a man kills a replica of his unfaithful wife. Cherry picking the marionette-themed pieces from Bradbury's extensive oeuvre does create a nicely unified tone, however. Only in the famous I Sing the Body Electric is the electronic substitution for humanity truly satisfactory. In contrast, Marionettes Inc. and Changeling are traditional tales of replacement gone wrong, with the real horror coming from human love in all its stifling insufficiency. The end result is most appealing to Bradbury completists and those who want a good introduction to his work. (Apr.)
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