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The Machineries of Joy
Ray Douglas Bradbury

One of Ray Bradbury’s classic short story collections, available in ebook for the first time.In this book you will meet: a Hollywood monster-maker whose Tyrannosaurus Rex suddenly becomes alarmingly lifelike; a boy who raises giant mushrooms in his cellar – until the mushrooms begin to raise him; a corpse who supports his wife and family; a circus fat lady whose midget husband has tattooed every inch of her mammoth body with fantastically intricate designs.Plus seventeen other amazing tales by Ray Bradbury, master of fantastic fiction, author of the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451.



Ray Bradbury

Copyright (#ulink_a2695724-2fef-588e-bd53-ba9869e638b9)

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“The Machineries of Joy,” “The Illustrated Woman,” “A Miracle of Rare Device,” “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “The Vacation,” and “The Life Work of Juan Díaz” were originally published in Playboy. Copyright © 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc.

“Some Live like Lazarus” was originally published in Playboy as “Very Late in the Evening.” Copyright © 1960 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc.

“The Anthem Sprinters” was originally published in Playboy as “The Queen’s Own Evaders.” Copyright © 1963 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc.

“The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post. Copyright © 1960 by the Curtis Publishing Company.

“The Beggar on O’Connell Bridge” was originally published as “The Beggar on the Dublin Bridge” in the Saturday Evening Post. Copyright © 1961 by the Curtis Publishing Company.

“And the Sailor, Home from the Sea” was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post as “Forever Voyage.” Copyright © 1960 by the Curtis Publishing Company.

“Tyrannosaurus Rex” was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post as “The Prehistoric Producer.” Copyright © 1962 by the Curtis Publishing Company.

“Death and the Maiden” and “To the Chicago Abyss” were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Copyright © 1960, 1963 by Mercury Press, Inc.

Cover design by Mike Topping.

Cover layout design © HarperCollinsPublishers 2014 Cover photographs © Shutterstock.com

Ray Bradbury asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

A catalogue copy of this book is available from the British Library.

This novel is entirely a work of fiction. The names, characters and incidents portrayed in it are the work of the author’s imagination. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events or localities is entirely coincidental.

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the nonexclusive, nontransferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, downloaded, decompiled, reverse-engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of HarperCollins e-books.

HarperCollinsPublishers has made every reasonable effort to ensure that any picture content and written content in this ebook has been included or removed in accordance with the contractual and technological constraints in operation at the time of publication.

Ebook Edition © JULY 2013 ISBN: 9780007539833

Version: 2014–07–18

For Ramona,

who cried when she heard

that the Hound of the

Baskervilles was dead …

For Susan,

who snorted at the same news …

For Bettina,

who laughed …

And for Alexandra,

who told everyone to

just get out of the way …

This book, dear daughters,

with four different kinds

of love, for you.

Table of Contents

Cover (#u33578e22-6599-53f2-a9d2-444caf076c77)

Title Page (#u3f8c920d-59da-5bc4-a470-18f9effe5ef7)

Dedication (#u298110d6-643d-5e7a-9256-d3fe58481021)

The Machineries of Joy (#ulink_d1493d1a-f0bc-51bc-b53c-9beac6554994)

The One Who Waits (#ulink_b7aa9496-4d43-5f8b-9274-0e6114f8b069)

Tyrannosaurus Rex (#ulink_8eca56a2-2bf4-587e-87df-8ee38f2a66dc)

The Vacation (#ulink_c41ef97f-dd5c-50dc-be89-6a48bcd039e7)

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh (#ulink_271ed52e-08e9-52aa-9f7b-31fc1515be96)

Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! (#ulink_215afe58-5c28-51fc-b0db-a5b2aa03b0c2)

Almost the End of the World (#litres_trial_promo)
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