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A giant's passing: Farewell, Ray Bradbury

It's late, so I'll be brief: the world will truly miss Ray Bradbury. Here are a few of the better pieces I've seen today:

And here are two from Neil Gaiman:

Of course I’ve read numerous Bradbury stories throughout my life and watched them on film, but, hard though it is for me to believe, I only read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time near the beginning of 2011. I was stunned by the craftsmanship. As a child, the imaginative tales got me, but as an adult I realized that the man could flat-out write. And that he'd influenced everyone and everything to the point that some of today's successful writers and directors wouldn't have created quite the same stories were it not for Bradbury. Stephen King. Steven Spielberg. Mark Frost (co-creator of Twin Peaks) has been paying tribute to him all day on Twitter.

Here's Bradbury's official web site.

This was already in the publication hopper before he passed away: I'll likely pick it up when it is released in July: Shadow Show

He was kind: based on everything I've heard (co-worker knew him) and read, he used his powers for good. He encouraged so many young writers by generously giving them his time, focus, and counsel. He loved cats. He was an enthusiastic advocate for libraries. He never won a Pulitzer, but even Pulitzer belatedly recognized his contributions by honoring him with a special citation in 2007 “for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.”

Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for sharing all the trips through your imagination with the rest of us. It was truly a marvelous ride.


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Jun. 7th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I haven't read a ton of his stories, but I always enjoyed the ones I did. I've read and seen plenty interviews with him though, and like you said he seemed kind, generous and someone believed in the marvel of science fiction.

Yesterday, unknowingly of his passing, I wore a shirt a friend of mine designed that has a quote of his on it. "Space travel has once again made children of us all." I think I'll be wearing it often for a while.
Jun. 7th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by, jasondemotte! I know producing content for Comics are Awesome keeps ya pretty busy.

I like the sound of that shirt. I nearly bought this Fahrenheit 451 one last year when I saw it in a bookstore, but they didn't have my size (the blue is richer than it appears in this picture).
Jun. 7th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
If you're curious, this is the one I was referring to.

Edited at 2012-06-07 12:48 pm (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Nifty - thanks for the link. :)
Jun. 7th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
thank you for this entry; i am completely unable to organise my thoughts as yet - it's too much, and would just sound fannish or ego inflating if i tried. reading this post helps a great deal.

ray bradbury shook tragic sense into my world and left me smiling.

Jun. 9th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I am touched that you found it so, and I especially love what you expressed in the last line. It is some of the highest praise that I can give when I say that the phrasing reminds me of something Neil Gaiman would write. Given that they were pals, I am certain Bradbury would appreciate your kind words.
Jul. 10th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
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