The Illustrated Man

By Ray Bradbury,

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A classic collection of stories - all told on the skin of a man - from the author of Fahrenheit 451.

If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphurous colour and exquisite human anatomy, perhaps he might have used…


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Another masterpiece from Ray Bradbury and another collection of short stories with a recurring theme. I love how Bradbury deftly explores the mechanics of emerging technology vs the psychology of the very people responsible for creating it. As the story unfolds, the illustrated man’s tattoos, created by a time-traveling woman (ah, there’s that time-travel angle again!) come to life, each with their own story to tell. And each story can be seen as a cautionary tale just as relevant in today’s AI-driven world.

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