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Posted on 06/06/2012 8:04:35 AM PDT by Iron Munro
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91.
Bradbury's daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California.
Author of more than 27 novels and story collections most famously The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often maligned reputation of science fiction. Some say he singlehandedly helped to move the genre into the realm of literature.
The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke, said Gregory Benford, a UC Irvine physics professor and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer. But Bradbury, in the 40s and 50s, became the name brand.
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Go With God Ray. You'll be missed, but your works remain with us.
He provided countless hours of highly imaginative and stimulating enjoyment to millions of readers all around the world.
This really sucks ping.
Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often maligned reputation of science fiction
Although he himself made the distinction between Sci-fi and what he said he wrote which was Science fantasy.
Onward to better things Mr Bradbury.
Mr. Bradbury, I loved your books.
Rest In Peace. You will be missed.
Loved “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles” immensely! Too bad the movies didn’t live up to the books.
Thanks Ray. Rest in Peace.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
He was the very first author that I loved.His stories of small town life were my favorite even more than the future stories.He opened my mind to the beauty of the written word.
I grew up with Bradbury. His work was poignant and invoked a sense of wonder that remains with me today. And that’s a priceless gift.
your scifi craft will entertain people long after today.
my favorite is the short story “A Sound of Thunder” which eloquently discribes the Grandfather Paradox...discribed also as the Butterfly Effect because of the cause and effect, the caused being stepping on a butterfly in the past....
Great Stuff Ray.....
I’ve never looked at lightning rods the same way.
I had the great opportunity to hear Ray Bradbury speak when I was in college in the 70’s. He was incredibly funny and smart, had many interesting stories to relate, seemed like a super guy and was one of the most enjoyable speakers I have ever heard. RIP Mr. Bradbury, you were a good one.
Enjoy the view, Ray..............
R.I.P. Mr. Bradbury.
“Something Wicked This Way Comes”, has been one of my favorites which I passed on to my Daughter who felt the same way. Too bad our politicians don’t thate works like this to heart. RIP Mr. Bradbury, you made the world just a bit better.
This thread needs more posts. RIP RB! A great one.
Jack Vance, another legend, is 95.
I have multiple books from Mr. Bradbury. From signed limited editions to dime store paperbacks, and his imagination never failed to amaze me.
He will be missed.
Mr Bradbury, thank you very much for all the wonderful stories.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.
Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.
I read The Martian Chronicles until the cover literally fell off.
RIP Mr. Bradbury.
I hope Ray gets to enjoy flying, now
RIP and thanks.
A long life. Not many live to 91. Prayers to his family.
LOL. That's something I'd never thought of before. Wonder if they change it in the story.
Mine as well. And another great story messed up by a Hollywood movie.
The reason for the title, of course, is that is the temperature at which paper burns. I wonder if that is precisely 451.0 degrees. The Celsius equivalent was calculated from exactly 451 degrees—but is that exactly the temperature at which paper burns in the Celsius scale? They could be off by a couple tenths of a degree.
Thank you, Ray, for all your great science fantasy, as well as your mentoring of countless other science fantasy writers - yes, even those who delude themselves to think they’re writing science fiction. :)
Karen’s birthday party will be that less bright with you absent.
I had the great good fortune to have had a high school English teacher who was a Bradbury fan. She loaned me some of his books, and I was hooked. The man could conjure feelings like no one I’d read before.
Farewell Mr. Bradbury. You will forever occupy a unique niche in American literature and we are all the richer for having enjoyed your works.
Me too. He was first of all a brilliant wordsmith who could vividly re-create on the written page the wonderful and fantastic places his unique mind took him. By showing me those places, he gave me the freedom to explore similar hidden vistas within myself. RIP Ray. Thanks for all the wondrous insights.
Ping for one of your faves.
RIP, Ray Bradbury.
“His stories of small town life were my favorite even more than the future stories.”
Did he write the story about the two small boys, bored on a summer day, who decided to go visit the “Time Machine”?
They walked a few blocks to a house with an old geezer sitting on the front porch.
“Hey, Mr. Jones, tell us about when you were a kid!”
It was either Bradbury or Heinlein, but I think Bradbury.
Great writers, both!
God rest ye gentle soul, Mr. Bradbury.
God rest ye gentle soul, Mr. Bradbury.
As a kid, I read every one of his books while sitting on branch high up in an old willow tree with the sights, sounds and smells of summer and autumn enveloping me.
It was my own personal Halloween tree where I greedily sipped his heady Dandelion Wine.
Those are some of the fondest memories of my youth.
It was because of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” that I chose a Harley Night Train, in honor of the charmingly sinister Mr Dark’s “Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show”.
His magical tales of innocence lost and found are a permanent part of my very being.
I can say that of no other author.
Here’s hoping that Mr Bradbury is enjoying a ride on that miraculous merry-go-round, somewhere.
Enjoyed so many of your books, Mr. Bradbury. Rest in peace, sir.
Amen to that.
Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, now Bradbury. Who’s left? Frederick Pohl ... But he must be 100 by now. Even Lester Del Ray and Andre Norton are gone.
Dim hopes for sci fi’s future.
It just occurred to me that everybody I know who can say the same thing, and that includes nearly all of my childhood and high school chums ... they all grew up to be Conservatives. They also happened to be a core group in the science clubs, honor roll, and honor society. The simpering Liberals I remember were not much for reading and certainly not of books by these three Titans.
They butchered it.
I couldn’t wait until the DVD came out and was -so- disappointed.
The story was infinitely subtle but the movie was a hammer upside the head.
Long time Bradbury fan.
RB was a great spokesman for speculative fiction, he made many an english class more bearable.
RB was buddies with Ray Harryhausen at least since they were both 17 years old!
Ray’s friend Stan Freberg put him in this prunes commercial
A few days ago actor Dick Beals passed on; he never went through puberty and kept a boyish look and appearance. I never heard it but I understand Beals starred in a radio
adaptation of Bradbury’s “Hail and Farewell”, about a man
in his 50s who also was stuck in a boy’s body due to a gland
11-22-63 Stephen King book on time travel does seem inspired by the “butterfly effect” Ray wrote about