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July 15, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ At 81, science fiction author Ray Bradbury resembles a one-man film factory rather than a retiree.

``I’ve got five films starting this year. Would you believe it?″ Bradbury said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday.

Set to go before the cameras are ``The Martian Chronicles,″ ``Fahrenheit 451,″ ``The Sound of Thunder,″ ``The Illustrated Man″ and ``Frost of Fire.″

``It’s incredible to me that after all these years have gone by, I’m 81, and these things are happening,″ Bradbury added.

The prolific author, who sold his first story when he was 21, has had three of his works filmed previously: ``The Illustrated Man,″ ``Fahrenheit 451″ and ``Something Wicked This Way Comes.″

He and John Huston won Oscars for their script of the 1956 film ``Moby Dick.″

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