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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury!

Happy birthday to Ray Bradbury (22 August, 1920 – 5 June, 2012)!

"They began by controlling books of cartoons and then detective books and, of course, films, one way or another, one group or another, political bias, religious prejudice, union pressures; there was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves."
- Ray Bradbury, "Usher II" (1950)

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

Speaking of Mr. Bradbury, it was my delight last week to sit next to the representative of his British publisher during the fabulous 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards Ceremony, which played out like a period radio broadcast, complete with live band, ads, and War of the Worlds-esque newsflashes about Martian invaders. Here is the Retro-Hugo Award he won for Best Fan Writer.

Ray Bradbury's Retro-Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer..


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Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
My mom introduced me to Ray Bradbury when I was in middle school, and I fell promptly in love with his stories. Such an amazing gift he had!
Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
Yes! Incredible talent. I came to him as a child, too, and his way with words really cemented my love of reading and of science fiction, in particular. His deep love of words and ideas was contagious.
Aug. 22nd, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
"The Veldt" was the first real horror story I ever read, I think. What a chilling, poetic writer.
Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:27 pm (UTC)
"The Veldt" was my first Bradbury story, and I was hooked! To this day, that story gives me chills.

"Poetic" is a great way to describe him. There are passages in The Martian Chronicles that are sublime.
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