RIP: Ray Bradbury!
Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 — June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated among 20th century American writers of speculative fiction. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films.
It is hard to believe that Ray Bradbury, my all time favorite SciFi/Fantasy writer is no longer with us.
Ray Bradbury, the science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of “Fahrenheit 451,” has died. He was 91.
He died Tuesday night, his daughter said Wednesday. Alexandra Bradbury did not have additional details.
Ray Bradbury even approaching his 90s was turning out novels and plays/screen plays and surprisingly poetry, although apparently after his stroke, it did slow him down a bit.
My heart goes out to Ray Bradbury’s family. Their loss is so great, I know, but the loss to the world is also great. Ray Bradbury will be mourned and missed by the whole world. His contributions to the SciFi/Fantasy/Thriller genres alone will continue to be appreciated by those who love his work and will be passed on to their children for generations to come. Who could ask for a better legacy.
It is hard to believe that there will be no more Fahrenheit 451 or Martian Chronicles or the other myriads of great works by Ray Bradbury again… so instead, I will just sit here listening to my book. I think maybe he was the first person who ever wrote about ‘listening to books’ in the way he did in Martian Chronicles.
Whether you generally appreciate Science Fiction or not, Ray Bradbury was a fabulous writer and a true storyteller. He had a a very special gift.
You will be greatly missed Ray Bradbury…. The world won’t seem the same without you somehow…