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SOMEWHERE A BAND IS PLAYING by Ray Bradbury, Edited by Donn Albright. Colorado Springs, CO; Gauntlet Press; 2007. SOMEWHERE A BAND IS PLAYING is a new novel by Ray Bradbury which he has been toying with for 50 years, and is possibly Bradbury's best piece of long fiction since Fahrenheit 451 and Something This Way Comes.

Reporter James Cardiff is drawn to a town that wasn't on the map. There was a story to be told. Summerton was paradise…or pretty close to it. Delicious food and wine. Sweet air to breathe. Lush green beautiful lawns. And, good company. But something didn't sit right with Cardiff. There were no children to be seen. No baseball bats, no basketball hoops, and an abandoned school. There were no doctors and a most unusual cemetery, as well. And then there was Nef. Both beautiful and alluring, Neff knew things about Cardiff she simply couldn't. Yes, in Summerton there was the smell of mystery, some hidden secret in the air. But, if Cardiff sniffed out the story and, worse, wrote it for all to read would the consequences be worth the telling of a good tale? Edited by Donn Albright, the Gauntlet edition of SOMEWHERE A BAND IS PLAYING contains segments Bradbury wrote which he never finished, the beginnings of a script he never finished, plus the completed manuscript. Also, William F. Nolan wrote the introduction for the book.

The jacket art and design is by Harry O. Morris and Editor Donn Albright.


Introduction by William F. Nolan; (1) Novella. (2) Dandelion Wine: Sept. 1, 1950: Nice little early fragment. (3) Dandelion Wine; 2 page facsimile. (4) Nefertiti Ohio: This was the early title (1960's). (5) The Beautiful One Is Here: Nice fragment. No date. (6)"She was a beautiful woman" facsimile. (7) Follow The Sun: Another early title and beginning of the novel. No date. (8) Mr Timkins: 3 early pages for beginning of the novel. No date. (9) Untitled: Two fragments. No date. (10) Somewhere A Band Is Playing: An outline for a teleplay. No date. (11) Dandelion Wine: Description of the novel to come. No date. (12) Band Novella - 7 pages; 1987; facsimile. (13) Somewhere A Band Is Playing: 22 pages of a screenplay. September 10, 1958.

The beautiful cover art is a Ray Bradbury oil painting.

Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED edition of 500 copies. Fine in fine dj.