Caltech Celebrates Prolific Science Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury

Published : Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 1:44 PM

The creative team of ‘Bradbury 100′ is drawn from Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, Caltech community and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), to celebrate the legacy of Bradbury and his connection with Caltech that began over fifty years ago.

The production involves five different directors: JPL’s Barbie Insua (Marionettes, Inc.) and Brian White (The Martian Chronicles); Caltech’s former science magazine editor Doug Smith (The Sound of Thunder); Miranda Stewart (The Flying Machine, in Mandarin with English subtitles), a Caltech alumna who went on to a theater directing career; and current Caltech freshman Aditi Seetharaman (All Summer in a Day).

Jocelyn Holland, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Brian White adapted The Martian Chronicles; Caltech Ph.D. Mark Kozlowski and Doug Smith adapted The Sound of Thunder; and Caltech postdoc Jin Yan Yeo with graduate students Xiao Tong and Yuhui Jin, and undergraduate Betty Wong translated Bradbury’s text of The Flying Machine into Mandarin.

On Friday the 28th, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Chip Sebens will discuss Bradbury’s science fiction and the paradoxes of time travel. On Saturday the 29th, one of the author’s daughters, Ramona Bradbury, and her daughters Claire and Julia Handleman will make appearances on stage to share personal stories of their father and grandfather, moderated by Vice Provost, Chief Diversity Officer, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Professor of English, Cindy Weinstein.

First Weekend

Friday & Saturday, February 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

All Summer in a Day, directed by Aditi Seetharaman

Marionettes, Inc., directed by Barbie Insua

The Martian Chronicles, directed by Brian White

Second Weekend

Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m.

The Flying Machine (in Mandarin w/English subtitles), directed by Miranda Stewart

A Sound of Thunder, directed by Doug Smith

The Martian Chronicles, directed by Brian White

Bradbury 100 is part of a national celebration of Ray Bradbury and his extensive oeuvre.

Tickets are available at (626) 395-4652 or online at






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