By:Frank Kurtz
Date: Friday, November 30, 2001

Ray Bradbury has been talking about his latest book, FROM THE DUST RETURNED: A FAMILY REMEMBRANCE, on which he had been working for decades.

While talking to SCI FI.COM, the author spoke of how long he had been working on the novel, saying, "I began work on it 55 years ago, and about two years ago, my editor ... said, 'It's about time you finished this book.' So, by God, I finished it. And it's a story of a very peculiar family that lives in the north of Illinois. They could be vampires. They could be ghosts. They could be phantoms. They could be shapeshifters. They're all kinds of strange people from a period of 2,000 years. And I've done a huge book from the viewpoint of a little 10-year-old boy, who's the normal person within the family, and the book's doing very well. It's getting excellent reviews. So I'm very happy I finished it."

When asked why it took him so long to write it, Bradbury explained, "I had other things to do. I got the job of writing [1956's] MOBY DICK for the screen, for [director] John Huston, and a lot of other things intervened. I wrote a lot of books and 600 short stories. So that was a good intervention, wasn't it? ... It felt like [DUST] should finish itself. I'm not in control. My books write themselves when they feel like it."

Coming up next for the prolific writer is a collection of short story called ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD: A NEW SHORT STORY COLLECTION. The book is scheduled to hit stores in April 2002.