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Ray Bradbury Dies at 91
Posted: 06 June 2012 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]
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The Museum will never be the same. :(

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/06/showbiz/ray-bradbury-obit/index.html

Los Angeles (CNN)—Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose imagination yielded classic books such as “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” has died at 91, his publisher said Wednesday.

Bradbury “died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness,” HarperCollins said in a written statement.

Bradbury’s books and 600 short stories predicted a variety of things, including the emergence of ATMs and live broadcasts of fugitive car chases.

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“In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create,” the statement said. “A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time.”

Bradbury wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of “Moby Dick.” He adapted 65 of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of “The Halloween Tree.”

“In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back.” he wrote in a book of essays published in 2005. “Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.”

Bradbury received the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

Bradbury lived in Los Angeles since his family moved there from his native Waukegan, Illinois, to look for work during the Great Depression.

He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren. His wife of 57 years, Marguerite, died in 2003.

The biography released by his publisher quoted a story in which Bradbury recounted meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. Electrico touched the 12-year-old Bradbury with his sword, and commanded, “Live forever!”

“I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard,” Bradbury said. “I started writing every day. I never stopped.”

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Posted: 06 June 2012 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This makes me feel sad but also makes me feel like all the best are gone or going…..I’m VERY sure other generations felt the same way about those we never even knew except in history books.  I’m also sure that some of the young ones now playing pivotal roles in many fields today, the new ‘up and coming’ ones, will be felt with sadness in their time too.  I think this is part of growing up and then knowing we are mortal after all.

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Posted: 06 June 2012 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I wonder if he ever did eventually learn to drive?

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Posted: 06 June 2012 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The Illustrated Man was the first adult sci-fi book I read, and it’s one of my favourites.

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Posted: 06 June 2012 08:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Accipiter - 06 June 2012 02:12 PM

I wonder if he ever did eventually learn to drive?

Nope, terrified of it and most other transport methods.

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Posted: 07 June 2012 12:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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*doffs hat*

 

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Posted: 07 June 2012 02:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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The end of an era.  :(

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Posted: 07 June 2012 04:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Burkenhare - 06 June 2012 08:56 PM
Accipiter - 06 June 2012 02:12 PM

I wonder if he ever did eventually learn to drive?

Nope, terrified of it and most other transport methods.

Who knows? Maybe that added years to his life. In an alternate Earth maybe Ray Bradbury died at the age of 28 in a car accident.

I am sorry to see him gone.

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Posted: 07 June 2012 04:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Wow!  Good point Peter, we might never have had the pleasure of all his great imagination.  How fortunate we are then that he didn’t put it at peril!

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