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Author Ray Bradbury Dies At 91
Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2012 | Lynell George

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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Another good one lost to us.
1 posted on 06/06/2012 8:04:41 AM PDT by Iron Munro
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To: Iron Munro
You ruined my day.

Go With God Ray. You'll be missed, but your works remain with us.

2 posted on 06/06/2012 8:08:49 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Iron Munro

He provided countless hours of highly imaginative and stimulating enjoyment to millions of readers all around the world.

R.I.P.


3 posted on 06/06/2012 8:09:08 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Iron Munro
Enjoy your trip Ray.

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4 posted on 06/06/2012 8:09:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: shibumi

This really sucks ping.

:(


5 posted on 06/06/2012 8:09:28 AM PDT by Salamander
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To: Iron Munro

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.


6 posted on 06/06/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Iron Munro

Mr. Bradbury, I loved your books.
Rest In Peace. You will be missed.


7 posted on 06/06/2012 8:12:43 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: Iron Munro

Loved “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The Martian Chronicles” immensely! Too bad the movies didn’t live up to the books.


8 posted on 06/06/2012 8:13:46 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: Iron Munro
Something Wicked This Way Comes has the most vivid description of an approaching thunderstorm I have ever read.

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)

9 posted on 06/06/2012 8:14:05 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Salamander

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.


10 posted on 06/06/2012 8:14:37 AM PDT by Craftmore
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To: Iron Munro
‎"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches." — Ray Bradbury He will be missed.
11 posted on 06/06/2012 8:16:21 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: LonePalm

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.


12 posted on 06/06/2012 8:17:04 AM PDT by Noumenon (If people saw socialists for what they truly are, slaughter would ensue - in self-defense.)
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To: Iron Munro

RIP Ray....

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.....


13 posted on 06/06/2012 8:17:37 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: LonePalm

I’ve never looked at lightning rods the same way.


14 posted on 06/06/2012 8:18:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Iron Munro
I grew up reading Heinlein, Asimov, and Bradbury.

RIP.

/johnny

15 posted on 06/06/2012 8:18:34 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Iron Munro

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.


16 posted on 06/06/2012 8:18:47 AM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: Iron Munro

Enjoy the view, Ray..............

17 posted on 06/06/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Iron Munro

R.I.P. Mr. Bradbury.


18 posted on 06/06/2012 8:21:17 AM PDT by ohiobushman ("Let me get this straight. In NY buy beer by the case, liquor by the gallon but buy a Big Gulp at 7-)
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To: Iron Munro

“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.


19 posted on 06/06/2012 8:22:35 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Iron Munro

This thread needs more posts. RIP RB! A great one.

Jack Vance, another legend, is 95.

Freegards


20 posted on 06/06/2012 8:22:45 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Iron Munro

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.


21 posted on 06/06/2012 8:24:32 AM PDT by roostercashews (A gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: Iron Munro
Goodbye Mr. Bradbury...
22 posted on 06/06/2012 8:26:12 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Ransomed

Mr Bradbury, thank you very much for all the wonderful stories.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

Requiem Æternam

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.


23 posted on 06/06/2012 8:27:26 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Noumenon

I read The Martian Chronicles until the cover literally fell off.

RIP Mr. Bradbury.


24 posted on 06/06/2012 8:27:36 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Iron Munro

I hope Ray gets to enjoy flying, now

RIP and thanks.


25 posted on 06/06/2012 8:30:22 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: Iron Munro

A long life. Not many live to 91. Prayers to his family.


26 posted on 06/06/2012 8:33:23 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Iron Munro
Just checked his Wikipedia page and then looked at some of the foreign-language versions--they keep Fahrenheit 451 as the title of the book but some of them helpfully explain that that is the equivalent of 233 degrees Celsius (some are more precise: 232.78 degrees).
27 posted on 06/06/2012 8:37:31 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Iron Munro
His “Fahrenheit 451” is one of my all time favorites. R.I.P. Mr. Bradbury.
28 posted on 06/06/2012 8:39:26 AM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Just checked his Wikipedia page and then looked at some of the foreign-language versions--they keep Fahrenheit 451 as the title of the book but some of them helpfully explain that that is the equivalent of 233 degrees Celsius (some are more precise: 232.78 degrees).

LOL. That's something I'd never thought of before.  Wonder if they change it in the story.

29 posted on 06/06/2012 8:43:04 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Iron Munro; montag813

FYI


30 posted on 06/06/2012 8:43:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Vaquero
my favorite is the short story “A Sound of Thunder”

Mine as well. And another great story messed up by a Hollywood movie.

31 posted on 06/06/2012 8:45:05 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (My dog, yes. My wife, maybe. My gun....NEVER!)
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To: zeugma

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.


32 posted on 06/06/2012 8:47:52 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Ransomed

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.


33 posted on 06/06/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Iron Munro

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.


34 posted on 06/06/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Iron Munro
Who's gonna break it to Rachel Bloom?

NSFW

35 posted on 06/06/2012 8:51:56 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Noumenon
invoked a sense of wonder that remains with me today. And that’s a priceless gift.

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.

36 posted on 06/06/2012 8:53:02 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Pride in the USA

Ping for one of your faves.

RIP, Ray Bradbury.


37 posted on 06/06/2012 8:54:01 AM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Craftmore

“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!


38 posted on 06/06/2012 8:57:44 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Iron Munro

God rest ye gentle soul, Mr. Bradbury.


39 posted on 06/06/2012 9:00:21 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Iron Munro

God rest ye gentle soul, Mr. Bradbury.


40 posted on 06/06/2012 9:00:31 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Craftmore

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.


41 posted on 06/06/2012 9:02:02 AM PDT by Salamander
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To: Iron Munro

Enjoyed so many of your books, Mr. Bradbury. Rest in peace, sir.


42 posted on 06/06/2012 9:03:14 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Noumenon

Amen to that.


43 posted on 06/06/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT by Salamander
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To: Iron Munro

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.


44 posted on 06/06/2012 9:06:07 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: tob2
One of mine, too...:)


45 posted on 06/06/2012 9:06:29 AM PDT by Salamander
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To: JRandomFreeper
I grew up reading Heinlein, Asimov, and Bradbury.

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.

46 posted on 06/06/2012 9:06:29 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

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.


47 posted on 06/06/2012 9:09:16 AM PDT by Salamander
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To: Iron Munro

Long time Bradbury fan.


48 posted on 06/06/2012 9:11:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: kingu

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!

Freegards


49 posted on 06/06/2012 9:19:16 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Iron Munro

Ray’s friend Stan Freberg put him in this prunes commercial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEz6AoGxOJc

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
malfunction.

11-22-63 Stephen King book on time travel does seem inspired by the “butterfly effect” Ray wrote about


50 posted on 06/06/2012 9:23:27 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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