June 6th, 2012

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R.I.P., Ray Bradbury, One of the Greats (1920-2012)

We've lost one of the greats.

I read "The Veldt" when my age was still in the single digits -- I vividly remember the visceral impact of that first encounter -- and his other works followed. What can I say of the brilliant Fahrenheit 451? It's entirely possible that The Martian Chronicles is the book I've reread most in my life (I've lost count of the times); it's certainly one of my top ten favorites. Revisiting it, teaching it, is a great joy to me.

Ray Bradbury, along with Frank Herbert, Mary Shelley, and, slightly later, Robert Heinlein, loomed largest in my intellectual pantheon as a young person. I owe him so much.

Rest in peace, Ray Bradbury.

Read his obituary at io9.

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him. He influenced so many artists, writers, teachers, scientists, and it's always really touching and comforting to hear their stories. Your stories. His legacy lives on in his monumental body of books, film, television and theater, but more importantly, in the minds and hearts of anyone who read him, because to read him was to know him. He was the biggest kid I know."
- Danny Karapetian, Bradbury's grandson