Monday, June 11, 2012

A Farewell to Ray Bradbury

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. –Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury
August 22, 1920
June 5, 2012

• Wrote something every day.
• Has published more than 300 short stories.
• Learned to do magic tricks and loved magic almost as much as writing.
• Never obtained a driver's license.
• Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• There is a crater on the moon named Dandelion Crater in his honor.
• There is an asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter named 9766 Bradbury.
• Sold newspapers at a corner stand to support himself before his writing career took off.

Thank you, Ray, for taking us into a far future ... a strange past ... with stories that almost could be or might have been. You will be missed.


buttons and stitching said...

I started reading Ray when I was about 11. He taught everyone to use their imagination and believe all things are possible. NancyL

Paulette said...

I happened to catch an interesting program on public radio last week on the life of Ray Bradbury and thought to myself, "I really need to read more of his work." He has been certainly been a most influential figure in our generation and will be missed.

Anonymous said...

He claim his success was due to not attending college. He said he graduated from the library.

He wrote several stories for Alfred Hitchcock presents. Many of his stories were done on Old Time Radio in the late 1940's and 1950's, He did Bradbury Theater for HBO, and for those that visit here often, 13 stories were presented by BYU Media for the NPR series "Bradbury 13".
"Fahrenheit 451" had a very unusual twist at the end. You have to love the abrupt right turn at the end of each story.

I hope he finds that "Mars is Heaven"

Jill said...

I often think that I'd like to be a writer, put out a best seller. But I also think all the good ideas are taken.
But Ray Bradbury got up and wrote something EVERY DAY. I don't think I'll end up to his heights, but maybe if I start there, something fabulous might happen.
It's always sad when we lose the greats. Ray Bradbury was one. I'm going to have to pull a few more of his works to read.