Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It Is A Sad Day.

Brad_in_MA sends along some very sad news.

Ray Bradbury, beloved science fiction author, dies
Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and other beloved science fiction novels, died Tuesday night at the age of 91, according to the AP.
"His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know," his grandson told the i09 science fiction blog.
I'll engage in a bit of hero worship, for a moment, if I may (and, since it's my blog, I may). Ray Bradbury is one of my all-time favorite writers, and his "Fahrenheit 451" is, by far, my most favorite book. F451 - along with "Art of War" - gets read at least once a year; in fact, I had to recently retire the dog-eared, broken spine version of F451 that I got as a freshman in high school for required reading. I have several collections of his short stories, as well as numerous issues of Playboy in which his work was featured. Yes, I read it for the articles.

When I first got into online political discussions back in the 1990s, it was on a Time-Warner hosted bulletin board Pathfinder. I went by the handle Guy Montag, in honor of Bradbury's rogue fireman. It was Montag's exposure to the written word - and the power contained therein - that made him question his very raison d'etre. He questioned the flawed system upon realizing that they had re-written history to their liking, and wound up pushed to the edge of society for daring to think. The world of the future envisioned by Bradbury in the 1940s has been eerily prescient - from the "families" in the TV walls to the wall-to-wall news coverage of sensational stories, Bradbury nailed it all.

We'll miss you, Ray; may you find your way to Mars after all.

That is all.


Dave H said...

Ray himself rejected the idea that he was a science fiction author. He said, “I'm not a science fiction writer. I've written only one book of science fiction [“Fahrenheit 451”]. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.”

Anonymous said...

Our local library has Bradbury in sci-fi (F 451, Something Wicked, Martian Chronicles, and the like) and in literature (Dandelion Wine and others). His work will be inspiring people for a long while yet to come.