Jun
06
2012

Damn. Ray Bradbury has passed.

He passed last night.

Despite the best efforts of the publishing industry, Ray Bradbury wasn’t really a science fiction author: he was a fantasist, shading into being a horror author.  A long life and a full one, with too many good books to pick just one.  I will miss him.

5 Comments

  • Spegen says:

    I always felt that his books used a sci-fi appearing approach to make it easier to tell the tale he wanted. The science was always suspect, but his stories would have gotten lost or dated if he tried to set them in some contemporary setting.

  • Blast Hardcheese says:

    Dang dang dang. A classy gent, by all accounts.

    When his stories were optimistic, they were fantastic but they got even better when he went dark. Go read “The City” or “A Sound of Thunder”. Then try to get a good night’s sleep.

  • jimf says:

    A great writer and great speaker. I remember his GOH speech at Confederation in Atlanta in 1984…he recounted his experience and dealings with John Huston in writing the script for Moby Dick. Very funny stuff, great John Huston impression.

  • jetty says:

    @Blast – Oh my, The City, Sound of Thunder, The Long Rain, Fire and Frost (which I told to my Russian students)…there are so many wonderful stories that I carry with me 30 years later after reading them in my youth.

  • Kresh says:

    Loved his works. “The Ice Cream Suit” probably being my favorite.

    Saw him at Comicon way back when (the same Comicon where Whedon announced and previewed Firefly) and it was awesome. He regaled us with the tale of his childhood when he’d wait for George Burns to depart the studio after his nightly show. Ray would then thrust a script into George’s hands and have it get critiqued.

    Hollyweird was a different place back then.

    Ray Bradbury can write AND spin a good yarn. It ruined Comicon for me. Who could compete with Ray Bradbury? He set the bar very high for future Comicons.

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