RIP, Ray Bradbury.

If you’ve never read his work, many Overdrive-supplemented libraries have always-available ebook and audiobook copies of Dandelion Wine and Fahrenheit 451 for your perusal, and of course most libraries have many of his books in their print collection. If you’ve never read The Martian Chronicles or The Illustrated Man or any of the rest, try a few of his short stories, just to get a feel for him. If you like horror, try Something Wicked This Way Comes. There’s a ton to choose from. He even wrote some nonfiction that’s delightful.

Ray Bradbury was one of the early science fiction fans, a high school buddy of Forry Ackerman (who managed to get to the first 1939 World Science Fiction Convention), and a pillar of California fandom. He worked in the movie industry, doing screenplays for legendary films like the John M. Ford version of Moby Dick. He was also one of the great American writers, mixing a sure hand with science fiction and fantasy with enough mainstream literary genre-savvy to be read by sf haters. He was a poet in his flights of prose. There have always been sf/f writers like him (Cordwainer Smith, for example), but he’s probably the best known writer of this kind. Many have tried to copy him; nobody has been quite like him.

He passed away last night.

May God be good to him. He was a hardworking writer. I never heard anyone say a bad word about him, either.

AP obituary.
Brief obituary at Tor.com.
Obituary at the LA Times.
Obituary at io9.com, which seems to have been about the earliest post about this.

Over on Harlan Ellison’s web forum, a lot of people are leaving condolences for the LA sf community. There are many stories of Mr. Bradbury’s generosity and good influence.

Ray Bradbury’s filmography. (79. That’s not pig’s feet.)

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2 responses to “RIP, Ray Bradbury.

  1. Alan T.

    A great loss.

    I saw Ray Bradbury on a panel at a Worldcon in L.A. Must have been 1996. Ray described how the first science fiction story he had ever read hooked him on the genre: “Anything with an army of giant ants in it has to be worth reading.”

  2. Reblogged this on Head Noises and commented:
    RIP.

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