Fanzines

Bradbury knew at an early age that we wanted to be a writer. Around the age of 11, he began imitating his favorite authors, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells. In his teenage years, Bradbury began frequenting meetings of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society and contributing short pieces to fanzines that were run and edited by older members of the group. Zines are works of ephemera made with simple reproductive technologies such as typewriters, Dittos, and Mimeographs, and generally have a small, devoted audience. Publications such as Imagination! Th Fanmag of th Future With a Future!, Science Fiction Fan, and Polaris gave Bradbury both a sense of community and a publishing space to practice his craft. Soon Bradbury would produce his own fanzine, Futuria Fantasia. Tracking down in which zines Bradbury published can be tricky because he would often use a variety of playful pseudonyms and sometimes his work would go uncredited. The zines are notable for their charm and exuberance and illustrate both Bradbury’s early attempts at authorship and the growing fandom in which he and others thrived.