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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Memoriam: Ray Bradbury

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / June 6, 2012)
I was saddened to hear today that Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91.  My stomach actually lurched when I read the news and I felt tears coming to the surface.  Bradbury was one of my early introductions to the science fiction/speculative fiction genre.  I read The Martian Chronicles when I was about ten years old and I fell in love with his writing.  Another favorite was Something Wicked this Way Comes and, of course, his many short stories.  All of his books are worthy of a reread, especially the two mentioned above, which I plan to do in the future. Also, I love his book of essays on writing, Zen in the Art of Writing.  And we certainly must not forget Fahrenheit 451, which I have not yet read...shocker! But, read it or not, I think we can all agree on its iconic status, both as a literary classic and a frequently banned title.  And so, a legend has passed and I say, rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury.  You will be sorely missed.

Read this letter that Bradbury wrote to a Fayetteville librarian in 2006 at lettersofnote.com.

Check out this great video with him talking about writing persistently:








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  1. He was a wonderful writer and a wonderful person!

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  2. So sad. But he got to live a long life. I need to read some of his work. Great post.

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  3. I understand the saddness, my post is going up later tonight.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts - I was also saddened by his passing! I shared a link to this on my blog tonight: http://authorjess.blogspot.com/2012/06/whats-up-wednesday-summer-giveaways.html

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