Concrete Mixer, The

Genre: Sci-Fi

Concrete Mixer, The

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Jim Roberts

Ray Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of his stories have been turned into television shows and films. He wrote science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery stories. Among his most celebrated works are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. 'The Concrete Mixer' was written early in his career. It was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories in April 1949. In it, a warlike race of Martians plans their glorious conquest of Earth, but one of them, Ettil Vrye, foresees defeat. He is given his choice of joining the Legion of War—or burning! The story contains quite a bit of humor and irony, things not often found in Bradbury stories.

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as hundreds of short stories. He wrote for the theater, cinema, and TV, including the screenplay for John Huston’s Moby Dick and the Emmy Award–winning teleplay The Halloween Tree, and adapted for television sixty-five of his stories for The Ray Bradbury Theater. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and numerous other honors.
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