Skip to comments.American author Ray Bradbury is 90
Posted on 08/21/2010 9:58:49 PM PDT by EveningStarEdited on 08/21/2010 10:53:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Famed American author Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois - the birthplace of another great American, Jack Benny.
He has written in several genres including fantasy, horror, mystery, and science fiction.
Among his most famous works are The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the screenplay for the 1956 film version of Moby Dick.
Been reading him since 1949 when I first began to buy “Galaxy” Magazine.
I live in Southern California where Mr. Bradbury lives, so I’ve had the honor of meeting him in person.
Born August 22, 2010 ??? Something wrong there.
I have enjoyed many hours of good entertainment because of his work.
I’m an idiot.
Should be the :( symbol.
No you’re not ... AdminModerator might fix it and kill my post.
ummmmmm 1920 maybe...
If he was born in 2010 he is a pretty prolific writer for his age ;)
I can’t believe I did that. Well, yes I can. Sheesh. :(
I know. :(
I like him.
The correct birth year is August 20, 1920, of course.
I like him too. It’s me that I’m not too thrilled with at the moment. :(
Thanks. He’s a nice man. He could still walk when I met him eleven years ago.
God Bless You, Mr. Bradbury, you are my favorite author. Happy birthday, Sir, and, sincerely, thank you for all the wonderful books.
Wrote a lot of time travel stories, did he?
Dear Mr. Bradbury, here is my highest compliment. You are a pretty good writer, but you are a GREAT storyteller.
I wish I could travel back in time right now. :)
To paraphrase Mark Twain:
The reports of my birth are slightly exaggerated.
PS: Welcome to the club. Laugh and be happy.
Not my favorite author, but still one of the greatest science fiction writers ever.
Happy Birthday Ray!!!
In any case there is a viral video making the rounds. It IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK! However I have to admit I found it clever and catchy, although more over the top than the sort of video I would usually watch.
I won't post the title but I'll give a line from the tease.
A sexy pop song dedicated to the science fiction author, Ray Bradbury. Starring: Rachel Bloom Writer: Rachel Bloom
She worked many of his titles into the video. There may be other more subliminal messages as well however I only watched it a couple of times and probably won't watch it again.
I can't help but wonder if he has seen it, and if so what he thinks of it.
I won't post the title. If you want to see it you'll have to search to find it but if you are offended, don't say I didn't warn you! There is foul langauge and inuendo but IIRC no graphic images.
Bradbury is now the subject in a sci-fi story? A future doppelganger or another Ray Bradbury in parallel universe(s)?
I’ve seen the video. If it’s OK with Ray, it’s OK with me.
I have never read this, but someone once told me that Ray Bradbury wrote a story in which somehow an analysis of the fourth dimension discloses that homosexuals play an important role in reproduction. Do you know if this is true or if perhaps the person telling me this got the author wrong?
I have no idea.
“Weekend at Bernie’s” just jumped in my head...
I just did a little digging and aparently he HAS seen it and LIEKS it! Then again If I was 90 and had a hot, young gal singing about me...oh heck at my age NOW I’d enjoy it, LOL!<p.
God BLess Mr. Bradbury.
Oh, Good Grief! I should have been in bed an hour ago. Sorry for the typos!
Don’t feel bad. Take a look at MY typo. :)
This is a great post... Happy Birthday to my favorite author of all time.... Reading Fahrenheit 451 as a teenager was a profound turning point for me... Although, the book is widely misunderstood, I see it as a cautionary tale of what our great country could devolve to if we continue to go down the road to apathy. We must keep our morals strong and we must keep the government’s feet to the fire!
Happy birthday to Mr. Bradbury.
Fahrenheit 451 was fantastic and i agree with you. Another of my favs made into a movie was The Illustrated Man. Rod Steiger. I’ll never forget him trying to get to sleep in the bayou, going to the edge of the swamp and yelling at EVERYTHING to SHUT UP!<p.
And they DID!
Oh, I didn’t know he is still alive!
Dandelion Wine was a delightful book, and I really liked Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well.
One of my favorite Bradbury works was a short story—whose name escapes me now. It was about a normal little boy born into a family of immortals (vampires, etc.), and the way that his family cared for him, knowing that he wouldn’t be around for long.
Happy birthday, Mr. Bradbury!
Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, Death is a Lonely Business, Farewell Summer...all terrific novels (tho’ Chronicles and Dandelion aren’t really novels, but whatever)
“The Jar,” “The Veldt”...
I was gonna keep listing my favorite short stories of his but I’d be here all night.
My mother-in-law (in Hollywood) is friends with him. He sends her lots of interesting ramblings in his letters, and draws all over the envelope even. Fun stuff seeing those.
I loved his short story, “The Time Machine”
“The Time Machine” was by H. G. Wells. You may be thinking of “The Sound of Thunder.”
“Another of my all-time favorite short stories by Bradbury is in this collection from R is for Rocket. It is called “The Time Machine”. One boy in a small town tells his friends that the man down the street has a time machine. They don’t believe him and challenges him to prove it. So off the boys go. The first boy asks the Colonel to tell them about the famous magician he saw in 1910. After that story, he asks about the buffalo hunt he was on in 1875. Then the Colonel tells them about his battles in the Civil War. Finally one of the boys asks the first one where the time machine is. It’s the Colonel, of course. I was fortunate enough to have a similar experience with my Grandfather within a week before he died. Bradbury reminds us how valuable our older people are - a good reminder in this age of youth consciousness. “
Well, slap me in the head. LOL.
“Well, slap me in the head. LOL.”
I’ll tell Gibbs to do that next time I see him... ;-)