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Ray Bradbury has died.

Ray Bradbury, prolific and influential SF author, has died aged 91.

His keynote book was "Fahrenheit 451", which portrayed a future world in which books are illegal, and for many years Bradbury refused to allow his books to be published in anything but paper formats (although he was eventually bullied into giving permission for digital publishing, Amazon UK does not currently sell any of his works for the Kindle).

But, if you've never read any of his work, I'd start with Something Wicked This Way Comes*.  It's not SF, but it is powerful and disturbing (especially to a ten year old voracious reader).



(*Other retailers are available.)

Picture of Ray Bradbury has died.
Attmos2 years ago
He will be missed.
wilgubeast2 years ago
I always loved the flurry of children scrambling to read Bradbury after I told them that some people out there want to ban his books.
Such a great writer, he will be missed.
Though he had quite a long life, and inspired many.
(And dreaded by many a high school student)

I've read some of his works, such as Fahrenheit 451 (who hasn't?)
and Illustrated Man. Though I have yet to read Something Wicked This Way Comes and the Dandelion Wine grouping. I also seem to recall reading Martian Chronicles, sometime ago, though it's about time to re-read it.

Rest in Peace, Mr Bradbury,
Your commentary on society will be missed.

A few of my favorite quotes by him:

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them."
~Ray Bradbury

"I don't believe in being serious about anything.
I think life is too serious to be taken seriously"
~Ray Bradbury
A few generous people from operation paperback sent me several boxes of SF books. I have 3 from Ray bradbury,
The illustrated man,
Fahrenheit 451
and The vintage Bradbury.
I havent read any of them.. Yet.
ilpug2 years ago
Such a good writer, RIP.

I have read most of his books. Something Wicked This Way Comes was not my favorite, but it is indeed an outstandingly eerie book. My favorite by far is The Martian Chronicles, it is just so creative.
iceng2 years ago
Very Sad...

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So sad! But at least he was able to live such a long life, and kept up his writing even after his stroke. That's amazing.

A coworker of mine actually sent him a package of books he hoped to get signed and a letter a few years ago, and got the books back signed AND a phone call! Very neat.
Kiteman (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Oh, nice.
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