The New Ray Bradbury Review first online issue

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Phil Nichols/Center for Ray Bradbury Studies
contact email: 

The long-established New Ray Bradbury Review is seeking papers for its first online issue. As well as continuing to encourage new scholarship on any aspect of the works and life of American author Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), for this issue we also specifically invite articles on the topic of “the importance of literacy”. Submissions may connect Bradbury to this topic, or discuss the topic independently of Bradbury.

We welcome submissions from researchers, educators and creative practitioners in any relevant discipline. Here is a non-exhaustive list of possible subjects for articles, but we would welcome alternative approaches and suggestions:

  • Issues of literacy in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
  • Literacy as depicted in media adaptations of Fahrenheit 451
  • Literacy in Bradbury’s other stories/books, such as the short story “The Great Wide World Over There”
  • The use of Bradbury’s works in literacy programmes such as the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Big Read”
  • Literacy in multicultural societies
  • The changing state of literacy in the US or elsewhere
  • The nature of the “threat” of illiteracy
  • Literacy and citizenship
  • Literacy and multilingual readers
  • Literacy and authorship
  • Critical comparisons of literacy in Bradbury’s works and the works of other authors
  • Literacy and digital media
  • Media literacy
  • Case studies of teaching practices relating to literacy, especially where Bradbury’s works are being used

Proposals of up to 500 words should be submitted by 30 September 2021 to

Authors of selected proposals will be notified by 30 October 2021. Full drafts (5,000 to 7,000 words) will be due by 28 February 2022. The journal is provisionally scheduled for publication in early 2022.

The online New Ray Bradbury Review will be an open access journal, and all articles will be subject to the Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons Licence. This means that all content will be freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users will be permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. For further detail on CC BY-NC 4.0, visit CC online:


About The New Ray Bradbury Review

The New Ray Bradbury Review has, since 2008, served as the print journal of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, part of Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts and home to Bradbury’s professional papers, correspondence files and personal and professional artefacts. The Review was initiated by leading Bradbury scholars William F. Touponce and Jonathan R. Eller. The Review is now transitioning from a print journal into an online, “gold open access” journal.

Coincident with this change, we adopt a new editorial approach: while continuing to present scholarship on Bradbury, the Review will be broadening its multidisciplinary coverage to encompass four topic areas related to the values of Bradbury and the Bradbury Center:

  • the importance of literacy
  • the value of libraries
  • the exploration of space
  • freedom of the imagination


About Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) is a widely read author of science fiction, fantasy and horror, who enjoyed a long career as novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, screenwriter and public speaker. While beginning his career in genre pulp magazines in the 1940s, he soon gained recognition outside of genre fiction, becoming one of the first American SF/fantasy authors to achieve widespread success in the mainstream. His breakthrough book The Martian Chronicles (1950), while compiled largely from short stories originally published in the pulps, gained positive reviews from influential critics including Christopher Isherwood. Fahrenheit 451 (1953), often identified as his masterwork, has had a long life in multiple media – theatre, radio, film and television – and has been widely adopted in group reading projects such as the NEA Big Read programme.

Bradbury’s works undoubtedly emerged in part from his early immersion in science fiction and fantasy literature and films; he frequently cited the influence of predecessors such H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe and L. Frank Baum, and the films King Kong (1933) and Phantom of the Opera (1925). Evidence of their influence can be found all through Bradbury’s work, from his earliest weird tales to his late-career mystery novels such as Let’s All Kill Constance (2002). At the same time, he frequently spoke of literary influences such as Willa Cather, John Steinbeck and Eudora Welty, whose impact on Bradbury can be detected in the otherwise science-fictional The Martian Chronicles, the largely mainstream Dandelion Wine (1957) and in many of Bradbury’s short stories.

In his books, stories, essays and public speeches, Bradbury consistently emphasised the importance of literacy, self-education through libraries, humankind’s future in space, and freedom of the imagination.


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