Books: Figments

A GRAVEYARD FOR LUNATICS

by Ray Bradbury

Knopf; 285 pages; $18.95

When the Soviet President and his wife visited the U.S. recently, the writer they most wanted to meet was Ray Bradbury: their daughter is a fan. Irina is not alone. Bradbury's classic novels of fantasy and science fiction (The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451) have long been best sellers in 20 countries -- including, of course, the U.S.S.R.

His 25th book will probably follow the same course. Here Bradbury resurrects the place he knew as an entry-level scenarist. He calls it A Graveyard for Lunatics; the more familiar...