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RIP Ray Bradbury, You Were/Are Loved

I’m breaking my vacation of non-posting for about the next 60 seconds.

Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. I loved his work as much as I’ve ever loved any author. From everything I’ve heard, he was a kind, decent person who stayed humble and kept at the work long after he needed it to make money.

His book Zen in the Art of Writing remains one of my greatest inspirations. It’s one of the only writing books that makes me want to put it down and go write.

Got a favorite Bradbury story/book/memory? Please share below.

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  • Jennefer June 6, 2012, 10:27 am

    The first science fiction I ever read was by Ray Bradbury. It was in my fourth grade reading book. I will never forget “All Summer in a Day”. The story wasn’t assigned by the teacher and no one else ever read it as far as I knew.

    I loved it.
    Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury. You will be missed.

  • Boris B June 6, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school – didn’t really get it then. Reread it recently and was completely blown away. Time and experience help you appreciate some things. Zen in the Art of Writing, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes are my favorites. I could probably finish each of those and immediately start over again from page one – they are that good to me.

  • jntswally June 6, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Josh,

    A couple of summers ago, I read Dandelion Wine. He so thoroughly had me transported to the “South” of almost a century ago, putting the book down was like waking from a long sleep, not quite sure what day/time it is, teary-eyed from laughing and crying so hard.

    Another favorite of his was Fahrenheit 451. I still remember reading that in junior high, over 30 years ago…

    I read Something Wicked This Way Comes in high school, probably in eleventh grade… I remember discussing it with my mom after school. A couple of years later, it was made into a movie, which I don’t remember too well, but definitely saw it.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 6, 2012, 1:55 pm

      “Something Wicked” is one I think I love equally in the movie and the book. And there’s a heroic librarian, of course.

  • Lesli M June 6, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Just because someone dies doesn’t mean the love for them dies. Shouldn’t that be “RIP Ray Bradbury, You ARE Loved…”

  • Ryan Glass June 6, 2012, 4:13 pm

    I read Martian Chronicles the first time when I was in High School and the book was just laying around the house unread. Completed it in a few hours and loved every moment. Since then I’ve re-read that same slim, tatter, paperback copy a half-dozen times, each time impressed with how well and how succinctly he expressed the human condition.

    • Josh Hanagarne June 6, 2012, 5:08 pm

      I think that’s probably my favorite, and a great starting point for anyone wanting to see what all the Bradbury fuss was about.

  • John Sifferman June 18, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I’ve enjoyed many of his stories, but the first one I ever read has always been my favorite: The Murderer.