Really OT but nonetheless....RIP Ray

Submitted by 96goblue00 on June 6th, 2012 at 11:24 AM

He is up there with Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke.....and one of the most gracious, down-to-earth individuals (I met him a few times at book readings).


Blue Durham

June 6th, 2012 at 11:35 AM ^

and I have enjoyed much of his work.  One of the most erie books I've ever read was a collection of short stories entitled "The October Country."


June 6th, 2012 at 11:37 AM ^

I don't know why, but I HATED Farenheit 451 but I LOVE Dandelion Wine. Of couse, I read these in sixth grade, so my perspective would be different now. Really really great writer.  I always associated him in my mind with John Updike, whom I loved to read.  Its sad to me that so many of my favorite writers from my childhood are dying off even though they are way before my time. 


June 6th, 2012 at 11:39 AM ^

was a transformational book for me...tought me a lot about the craft of creative writing. A master at creating a palpable feel for the environment/setting without getting too bogged down in detail. He will be missed.


June 6th, 2012 at 11:44 AM ^

...and an appropriate quote from that work:

“Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy."

I have read and enjoyed thoroughly most of his works, and he will be missed. So long, Mr. Bradbury.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:17 PM ^

But it sure wasn't Bradbury, which is probably why he could write about it as he did.  

A couple of my colleagues were fortunate enough to meet with him in just the last couple of years-- he was so together it's hard to think he could slip away at the young age of 91.   One met with him in his home and sent a gorgeous picture of the two of them.  He was so generous with his time, even well into his 80s, mentoring and encouraging.   Unusual for someone who's been a legend longer than most of us have lived.



June 6th, 2012 at 12:09 PM ^

I enjoyed reading The Illustrated Man when I was younger. A man is covered with tattoos, each of which come to life to reveal a short story. [insert obvious Buckeye joke here]

Hands Free

June 6th, 2012 at 12:14 PM ^

Bradbury was a great author, writing about important and interesting topics in an engaging manner.  Fahrenheit 451 is a tremendous read and my favorite of his works.  He will be missed.


June 6th, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

How many copies?

Edit: I am reminded at this time of an acquaintence I had in college. I gave him a copy of 451 to read from my collection. It was a newly printed copy, with some modernized cover art, so I didn't beat him within an inch of his life, though I wanted to, when he told me:

"That book is a total rip-off of 'Equalibrium'", after reading it.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:18 PM ^

I've only read the Martian Chronicles for class once,  I loved it, though.  I was already a big sci fi fan.  I'll have to read some more of his stuff.


June 6th, 2012 at 2:29 PM ^

RIP Ray. The Martian Chronicles was one of my favorite reads as a teen.  When I went to Michigan (dark ages, sometime around 1250), only one person in the English department admitted to reading Bradbury, Tolkien, Delaney, Ditsch, and LeGuin. I'm glad that's changed with the presence of Eric Rabkin...


June 6th, 2012 at 4:54 PM ^

I remember my last semeseter of my senior year, '96, taking a sci-fi works exploration type class... may have been Professor Rabkin... had to read a book a week and write a few "insightful" pages on it.  LOVED that class.  Martin Chronicles, Left Hand of Darkness, War with the Newts, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Frankenstein, The Futurological Congress, on and on.  Cemented my love for the origins of science fiction and for authors like Ray Bradbury.  Sad day. 


June 6th, 2012 at 8:06 PM ^

The Martian Chronicles, R is for Rocket, you really can't go wrong. One of my favorite writers. On the Yahoo front page they had an article next to the Bradbury announcement about a Dutch company planning a settlement on Mars. How appropriate! RIP Ray, the stories will live forever.