Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific, and Other Perspectives
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Meet author Gloria McMillan and “live Martian tour guides” at the March 15 launch of McMillan’s book, “Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific, and Other Perspectives.”

McMillan is an adjunct writing instructor at Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus. The celebration of this collection of essays by scientists, film experts and writers will start at 2 p.m. in room 308 of the Kuiper Space Sciences Building, 1629 E. University Blvd, on the east end of The University of Arizona campus. The event is part of Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books.

Local actors John Noble (a Pima Fine Arts/Theater major) and Rainey Hinrichs will emcee the event as “Martian tour guides” Mr. K and Ylla. UA astronomer Peter Smith, the principal scientist for the NASA Phoenix Mars Lander, will be the keynote speaker, talking about the role Bradbury played in Smith’s decision to become a scientist.

Attendees also will hear from:

  • Famed astronomer-artist Bill Hartmann, who did the cover painting of Mars for McMillan’s book. He knew Ray Bradbury and has tales to share.
  • Wolf Forrest presents the popular culture that helped Bradbury imagine his Mars. As a local collector, Wolf Forrest has loaned some of his vintage artifacts to the University of Arizona’s Library Special Collections for its companion exhibit to the book: Mars Madness.
  • The Tucson connection to Bradbury’s life is represented by Scott Weiler from Bradbury’s (1930s) school, Amphitheater Middle School.
  • David Acklam, an aerospace engineer, will present the ways that Ray Bradbury inspires young people to pursue a scientific career with Acklam’s own experiences.
  • Howard Allen, a local theater director and film producer, will speak about how Bradbury’s short stories in The Illustrated Man illustrate our Sonoran Desert and Mars.

Also, an interview with McMillan and Hartmann will be shown at 6:30 p.m., March 11, on Arizona Illustrated.

  • What: Book launch
  • Where: Kuiper Space Sciences Building, 1629 E. University Blvd.
  • When: 2 p.m. March 15

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