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July 28, 2014 -- Colonization, illegal immigration and the clash of cultures. These are not only current hot-button issues, they’re themes explored by Ray Bradbury in his science fiction stories.

Bradbury’s diverse influence on literature, science, media and social issues is the subject of a lecture at the Santa Monica Public Library Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gloria McMillan, editor of the  new essay collection, “Orbiting Ray Bradbury's Mars,”  will present a unique interdisciplinary perspective on Bradbury’s life, according to library officials.

“With over five hundred published works, author Ray Bradbury’s creativity was boundless and his impact far-reaching,” event organizers said. 
Some of the essays in McMillan’s collection analyze metaphors culled from Bradbury's native southwest.

They include “colonial pollution of a pristine ecology, the impacts of a colonial invasion upon an indigenous population, the meeting of cultures with different values and physical aspects,” according to the publisher.

Other essays view Bradbury “via the lens of post-colonialism, drawing parallels between such works as The Martian Chronicles and real-life colonialism and its effects.”

McMillan has a PhD in English and teaches at Pima Community College and The University of Arizona, where she developed science fiction-oriented curricula for composition classes.

She is currently guest curator of a Special Collections exhibition on Ray Bradbury titled “Mars Madness” at The University of Arizona.
A book sale and signing follows the program.

The event in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week before the event.

For more information on Santa Monica Public Library programs, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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