June 6, 2012
Someone Wonderful: Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
"First of all, I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, it's fantasy. It couldn't happen, you see? That's the reason it's going to be around a long time." -- because it's a Greek myth, and myths have staying power. -- Ray Bradbury Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 6, 2012 9:08 AM
I've enjoyed many of his books but I've never met Ray, even though he did a few book signings at our store. I have, on the other hand, worked with one of his daughters for the last 8 years and consider her to be one of the planet's Good People, an absolute peach of a person. For her more than the books I thank Ray.
A truly brilliant writer whose short stories captured the essence of humanity. He will be missed, but his work will endure the test of time.
Mr. Bradbury was a great writer who transcended genres, but I am glad he was labeled as a science fiction writer. As a result, I embraced his work earlier and have been able to enjoy it longer.
Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, and finally Bradbury. Their journeys here on Earth have ended. But their legacy ... their sense of wonder.... will remain . At least until such time as "Fahrenheit 451" becomes a reality.
Rest In Peace Ray Bradbury. And may your family find some comfort in the knowledge that the world was a better place due to you having been here.
Watching the extremely rare transit of Venus online last night (I was clouded out and couldn't see it in person), I couldn't help wondering how often Earth transits are visible from Mars. We may find out soon enough.
I'm glad Bradbury lived long enough to see the wonderful, exciting, historic, thrilling,
perfect flight of Dragon in the past couple of weeks. Those of us who were paying attention witnessed the beginning of the next phase of the Space Age. I, for one, am totally stoked.
Sailing in the wake of history
Vonnegut also denied he wrote science fiction, and Tolkien denied (sometimes) that the Lord of the Rings was a Catholic allegory.
Authors are entitled to their opinions, but so are the readers.
What great fortune we've had to share our time with such remarkable people.
By coincidence, a current read is 'Bradbury Stories', 100 stories going back to his pulp writing days, chosen by Ray himself.
For me, his ability to invoke nostalgia and the feeling of nearly being in those times passed is much of the pleasure of his writing.
One of the good ones has left us. Sadder yet, what stories he may still have told.
RIP, old friend.