Rest in Peace: Ray Bradbury

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 at 75 from Wikimedia

Ray Bradbury at 75 from Wikimedia

Ray Bradbury dies: Author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’ and ‘Martian Chronicles’ was 91 – WashingtonPost

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…

Ray Bradbury from his About Ray Bradbury page
Ray Bradbury from his About Ray Bradbury page
This may have been Ray Bradbury’s last published article/work, it was on the New Yorker posted June 4, 2012, the day before he passed away: Take Me Home by Ray Bradbury – NewYorker. Thank you GeniusMusings for finding the article.
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Movies from Ray Bradbury’s novels (did I miss any?):

Gattaca

Just picked up Gattaca from a WaWa store while getting gas for the car for $5.99. Definitely within the ‘affordable’ range. ;)

This was a great movie we saw years ago on a movie channel back when we had cable TV. And I have not seen it in the $5 bin at Walmart or over in the inexpensive DVDs at Target either. I have been watching for it because it was such an excellent movie. It still after 13-14 yrs, it is still 7.8 out of 10 stars at IMDb as of today.

Gattaca has a very important message that is even more relevant today than it was back in 1997 when the movie was made.

The movie starred Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine and others.

It shows what can happen when genetic markers/identities become the norm, when they think they can predict someone’s future by their genetics and people’s lives and jobs are what suffers…despite it being illegal to choose job applicants by their genetics.

It is the story of a ‘normal’ person and his ‘genetically engineered’ brother and how genetic differences affected their lives, and those around them.

A gripping story. Prophetic. And maybe we can keep this from happening … If only …