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RIP Ray Bradbury

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damigella_314
Jun. 6th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful image. I remember reading Martian Chronicles as a pre-teen, and being mind-blown. And then reading it again, in English, and realizing everything it said about African-Americans in a context I didn't have when I was ten... he was a genius.
And, of course, Fahrenheit 451 was all a bookworm like me could crave.

Edited at 2012-06-06 03:57 pm (UTC)
karaokegal
Jun. 9th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
It seems like most of the original generation of SF geniuses has passed. :(
kytivafan
Jun. 6th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
I swear in that picture he looks just like Sean Murray (Tim McGee) either that or I have finally gone over the NCIS edge (which is a distinct possibility).

will miss him - he was a great writer!
rose_cat
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
Well, now I see it! I think McGee would be honored.
karaokegal
Jun. 9th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
I do see the resemblance and I think Tim would certainly be honored. I can see him being more into Heinlein as a kid, although
I suspect Grandma Penelope wouldn't have approved of that at all.
rose_cat
Jun. 7th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
That is a really nice picture.

My favorite work of his is the short story "All Summer in a Day." I was a shy, nerdy, constantly bullied kid, and it really resonated with me.

On the lighter side, there's this, which evidently cracked Bradbury up good when he saw it shortly before his 90th birthday. ABSOLUTELY NOT WORK-SAFE. http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/70bf2e4f05/fuck-me-ray-bradbury
karaokegal
Jun. 9th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's nice to know he had a sense of humor. Sometimes that doesn't come across so much in his work.
rose_cat
Jun. 9th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yes. (I wonder if he rethought his disdain for the internet? Somehow I doubt he'd have admitted it.)
vanillafluffy
Jun. 7th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
I was really shocked to hear this; I was under the impression that Mr. Bradbury had passed a decade ago. (Maybe I was thinking of Kurt Vonnegut?! IDK.) Wonderful writer...I especially love Something Wicked This Way Comes, although I haven't read it in a million years....

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karaokegal
Jun. 9th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe you were thinking of either Arthur C. Clarke who went in 2008 or Isaac Asimov-1992. It's sad how many of the founding generation of Modern Science Fiction are leaving us.
vanillafluffy
Jun. 9th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I know! When Anne McCaffrey passed last year, I couldn't even manage a memorial post, I was so gutted. I know her son has taken over the franchise, but I'm massively underwhelmed by his take on Pern.

The mystery genre has had its share of losses, too. I can think of several writers who've left us over the last few years, and a couple more who aren't exactly spring chickens. *le sigh*

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