Books: Stargazer the Toynbee Convector

by Ray Bradbury Knopf; 275 pages; $17.95

On an otherwise ordinary evening in May, a week before his 29th birthday, Jonathan Hughes met his fate, commuting from another time, another year, another life.

No further identification is necessary. Addicts of the Ray Bradbury Theater and votaries of The Illustrated Man can immediately identify the author's unique blend of science fiction, comic horror and pure corn oil. In this newest collection of stories, Bradbury, 67, shows why his previous works have sold more than 40 million copies in some 20 countries.

In the title story, a dreamy old sage steps out of his time machine with a typically Bradburian...

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