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AVOIDING DUMB QUESTIONS

The audience at Ray Bradbury's lecture here shouldn't expect any friendly chitchat after his speech.

"I don't allow questions," Bradbury said. "They're always dumb."

The author of "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451" and other fantasy classics will speak at the University of Evansville on Nov. 12.

Bradbury's work has made him one of the most recognized names in contemporary fiction, but he still faces rejection.

"I get rejection slips every week of my life," Bradbury said. "I've published 35 stories in Playboy magazine, but in recent years they've rejected eight short stories. And the New Yorker rejects every time I submit."

Bradbury, 77, said he doesn't plan to retire soon and that he'll continue writing "at least until I'm 99."

"Then God can hit me with a baseball bat," he said.

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