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Ray Bradbury, R.I.P

LA Times | June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91.

Bradbury's daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California.

Author of more than 27 novels and story collections — most famously “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” — and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often maligned reputation of science fiction. Some say he singlehandedly helped to move the genre into the realm of literature.

“The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke,” said Gregory Benford, a UC Irvine physics professor and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer. “But Bradbury, in the ‘40s and ‘50s, became the name brand.”

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Fahrenheit 451...

one of my favorites.

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Great Author, RIP: I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric (The Twilight Zone) Written by Ray Bradbury

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Thank You Ray Bradbury

Thank you Ray Bradbury. You as the writer of all those wonderful stories will be missed very much. You provided me with hours of endless enjoyment that made time stop as I plunged into the faraway lands you created. They say you were a sci-fi writer. At first glance it appeared that way, but really you created wonderful stories that lived in the worlds of both sci-fi and fantasy.

Regardless. All of them were gems well worth reading. Even now, I could still read one and derive pleasure.

The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles are among my favorites. Although they are all good. Right now I wish I could spend the afternoon reading your stories.

(Although as I write this (and edit it) I am filled both sadness and joy as I write these words and remember yours)

You made the world a more delightful place to live. You will be very much missed and I thank you from my Heart.

Two shorten the road.

I wonder what he thought of the liberty movement

The studied and intelligent enthusiasm we share.

Rest in peace Ray, and thanks for all the fish.

Free includes debt-free!

Ode to Buck Rogers and Dinosaurs

I attended a luncheon in 1987 where the featured speaker was Ray Bradbury. I didn't know, or care, much about him. I was seated at a table with my boss, and 4 other facility designers who were boring me to death with their argument over pastel ceramic colors. At the time I was my own Lady Gaga so to speak... way out there for this group. The lunch was ok, and I told my boss, "After the speach, I'm outta here".

Mr. Bradbury took the stage to a mild applause. I don't know if I even did that, I was soooo bored by this group.

Mr. Bradbury welcomed us, and thanked us for attending the event, and then he began the best speach I have ever heard in my life. He claimed since he was a little boy he had two things he loved, Buck Rogers comics and dinosaurs. He said he did odd jobs to earn money to buy the comix and collected them and loved them all, And he admitted, his other love was for dinosaurs. He was absolutely facinated by them and couldn't ever find enough research about them to suit his soul. As he aged, his passion for these two things never waned. His friends began taunting him, "Come on Ray, grow up, get over this kid stuff!"

From there he began talking about facility design and how BORING it was (I fell in live with him at that moment as I completely related). He told us that we need to think outside the box. He asked us what it was that took our creative minds to a rut that had nothing creative about it. He then gave an example and said , "Why isn't someone designing an Alice in Wonderland restaurant for kids where the children can enter by slides or a pole, and with themes that keep their minds active and hopeful rather than forcing them into boxes?" This was before Chucky Cheese chains BTW.

After he chastised the group of us for being BORING designers who had sold our souls, he continued with a passion his own story.

He said his friends pressure convinced him to give up his beloved Buck Rogers and dinosaurs. He got rid of all of it. He went to parties and got jobs, lost jobs, and his friends dropped him and found himself very very depressed. He claimed he became so depressed he began having suicidal thoughts. One exceptionally hard day he looked in the mirror and asked himself, "What is wrong with you? Why are you so down?" His answer was, "I miss Buck Rogers and dinosaurs!" So he decided to buy his comics back, and he did at a much higher price than before, but it was OK because those comics gave him the inspiration to write his own ideas, and he found he loved to write and that oddly enough, people enjoyed reading what he wrote. He got a publisher and more money than ever, and that wasn't all. For he also started his dinosaur collection up again. One day a man named Walt Disney called him and said "Ray, I hear you know something about dinosaurs and I need help with an Epcot center we're building over here. Can you come and help?" And he did. And he LOVED working with the creative staff Disney hired, and he found himself very very happy.

The moral to his story was: For your own sake, don't be afriad, think outside the box, follow your heart, do what you love, be what you love, put LOVE into yourself and your work. If your friends don't like it, lose them. Be crazy, be real, have fun, explore life and you will be happy!

I think I was the firt to rise to my feet and give him a standing ovation. His speach verified my feelings. I sat back down and said to my boss, "I'm outta here!" My boss said, "Me too, but I must go to the lu, so wait for me."

I got up and went to valet parking and waited. While I was waiting for the car, who shows up but Ray Bradbury. He was surrounded by a group of people. I watched for a few moments and decided to thank him, so I walked over to the group and got his attention. I said, "I just want to thank you Mr. Bradbury for the best speach in my life." He said to me, "God bless you child you are the only one who didn't ask me for my autograph. I think you got it". His limo arrived and we waved goodbye. My boss came through the doors having missed the action. He says, "Looky here", reaching into his pocket, "I caught Ray in the lu and he autographed my address book! The wife and kids will love this! How lucky is that, eh? I can't believe I actually got his autograph. Did you hail the car?"

The car arrived. We got in and drove to the beach in Santa Monica.

I have always felt blessed by Mr. Bradbury's speach. It has always been part of me, to not be afraid; to think ouside the box, and to lose people who try to change me; to love what I love and love love love even more. Who needs an autiograph when the words are written in your heart forever?

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Thank You!!!

Thank you for that marvelous story. In fact, an inspiring post that I will remember for a long time.

One that I will LIVE BY as much as I can!!!

Two shorten the road.

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awesome story Granger :)

awesome story Granger :)

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I did a google

I found this and I think it's better, yet very simular: http://www.raybradbury.com/articles_town_talk.html

I Grew Up Reading Bradbury

...Not yet a teenager,I was fortunate that my neighborhood had a library easily accessible by bicycle. It was there I would explore the vast array of paperback books in the Science Fiction rack.
Bradbury, Heinlein...there they sat all for the taking....

And even Rod Serling, who rode the wave onto TV in a path that was blazed for him by the likes of Ray Bradbury.

Perhaps it's the end of an "age"...the great ones fall away from us with each passing news-story it seems.

I'm grateful for the many short stories he wrote..
They inspired imagination, adventure,and future possibilities yet unheard or dreamt of.
And one more "item" was typically present,a part of the plot....
That was "human nature"....and a moral to be interpreted by the reader.

Thanks for the "heads-up" Michael
Thanks for the wonderful reading Mister Bradbury.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

I think

Mr. Bradbury would love your post because he LOVED libraries and the people who used them.

A lot of people bring up 1984

when speaking of prophetic science fiction stories. But as eerily prophetic as the "Big Brother" government is, I think Fahrenheit 451 is maybe the most prophetic science fiction story written and was by far Ray Bradbury's best work.


Like frost and fire...

...life is fleeting and ephemeral, and ninety-one years are far too few.

This atheist materialist likes to imagine a paradise where Brother Bradbury will go on pinching the asses of comely lasses for ages to come.

Rest easy, Ray.

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What's left behind

Provided we don't become the victims of some book-burning society in the future, we will always have Ray Bradbury's wonderful body of works to read, contemplate, and enjoy. My first experience with the work of Bradbury was the short story "The Fog Horn", which was made into the classic sic-fi movie of 1953, "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms".

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I was just about to post this

I was just about to post this but our caretaker Mr. Nystrom beat me to it. Ray Bradbury was awesome. I like the Halloween Tree the best other than Farhenheit 451. Was re-reading F451 the other day, there is a passage where some of the brain-dead friends of the wife of the main character are talking about how they are going to vote for someone "because they look handsome" As they are watching TV's that consume whole walls of their apartments. Sounds a little prophetic hey???? R.I.P. Ray. Thank you for your work :)

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"