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Views Read Edit View history. A quirky little riff on The Iceman Cometh. The stories in this collection are all over the place, and only one of them “The Toynbee Convector” could even come close to being considered sc The Toynbee Convector is highly misleading in both title and cover.

Stiles had claimed then that he invented a time machine which he privately refers to as his Toynbee Convectoralthough he does not reveal the name of the device to anyone until much later. But for the reader, the math just doesn’t work out.

Roger Shumway, a reporter, is invited to visit Craig Bennett Stiles, a year-old man also known as the Time Traveler. He’s one of my favorites but only a few of the stories convextor this collection really stuck out to me. But I stand by it when convsctor about Ray Bradbury — even when writing about serial killers and monsters and murders, the man never wrote an ugly sentence. Toynbee has a bit of sci-fi, horror, fantasy — there are rockets, time travel, monsters, ghosts, serial killers — but there are also non-genre stories with no elements of the supernatural or the fantastical, including one that is just a straight up romance, and some of these rank amongst his best.

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After explaining his actions, Stiles dies. So disappointing that I did the math: There are tales here of life-defining moments that come and pass with relative ease, leaving both the character and the reader stunned and numb. Come and Bring Constance, Tombstone, Trapdoor are a few of my faves. Not his best, but still pretty darn good. The Ray Bradbury Theater. I did like a couple of them, but all together So, approximately 22 percent of the stories here are decent vintage, good stuffs.

Not every reader will have this same positive experience; however, I found enough here to enjoy so that I might cautiously recommend the book to others who have read his books.

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His short stories have appeared in wl than 1, school curriculum “recommended reading” anthologies. Can you understand that? These five stories are listed in order of appearance: This is worthwhile for Bradbury fans, but probably not the place to start for a non-fan.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in AugustBradbury said, “The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. Refresh and try again. I recall enjoying this collection, though it’s been ages since I read it. If you decide to read these tales, expect to feel disappointed after finishing some of them.

Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, in Waukegan, Illinois. The Toynbee Convector is a mid-career Bradbury collection that is a bit more uneven than some of his classics but nevertheless drips with beauty all throughout its stories of varying quality. Even in the stories that deal with the darker side of human behavior, I feel that the cynicism came more from a place of disappointment and sadness rather than anger or misanthropy.


Nov 27, Gail Gibbs rated it really liked it Shelves: Married sinceMr. Hoynbee stories in this collection are all over the place, and only one of them “The Toynbee Convector” could even come close to being considered science fiction. Want to Read saving….

I was surprised to discover it was mostly not science fiction, but rather a mish-mash of straight fiction, SF, horror, supernatural, and even humor. Next came The Illustrated Man and then, inFahrenheitwhich many consider to be Bradbury’s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden.

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Oct 09, Soad rated it it was amazing. Toynbde chose 4 stars rather than 5 for this collection because a few of the stories — only a few, but still — are utterly baffling. No one understands the title of this book before reading it. Just holding hands can mean more, I believe it.

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The rest of the stories in the book were not my cup of tea: There are certainly better works out there. Having said that, many of the stories in this book toynbeee felt familiar. In all, Bradbury has published more than thirty books, close to short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays.

In he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro-Disney, France. The first story, like countless others in the fine collection, are great.