Rest in Peace: Ray Bradbury

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Rest in Peace: Ray BradburyIt’s always hard to say goodbye to a legend, but in this case we don’t really have to because his legacy lives on. If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that the genius work of author Ray Bradbury will be enjoyed, dissected, and studied for generations to come.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury was author of more than 27 novels and story collections and more than 600 short stories. Some say he single-handedly helped to move the genre [of science fiction] into the realm of literature.

I’m not a science fiction writer,” he was frequently quoted as saying. “I’ve written only one book of science fiction [Fahrenheit 451]. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and the former Esther Marie Moberg. As a child he soaked up the ambiance of small-town life — wraparound porches, fireflies, and the soft, golden light of late afternoon — that would later become a hallmark of much of his fiction.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to the man’s many friends, his family, and constituents. You’ll be cherished for light years to come, kind sir. Bravo.

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  • Cinemascribe

    As a rule, whenever I hear about the passing of someone famous, depending on the circumstances I’m generally saddened to hear the news,but it’s a fairly fleeting thing. After all, I didn’t know the person personally, so there’s only so far my emotional reaction can go.

    This one? This actually hurts.

    Ray Bradbury was the visionary who has had the most personal impact on me. His work – which has been a part of my life since childhood- is the reason I developed a love of science fiction and fantasy. The only two authors whose work I have revered or loved with even a modicum of the same affection are Stephen King and the late Arthur C. Clarke…and of them all, Bradbury was easily the best.

    I was introduced to Bradbury’s work when I was about twelve courtesy of the school library. I had already discovered the joys of King. Little did I realize what a wonderful, lasting impression works of pure genius such as The Illustrated Man ( in my opinion,the best anthology ever) and the Martian Chronicles would make on both my own writing and my view of the world.

    Rest in peace, Ray. The world is a poorer, dimmer place for your absence. Thank God we have your established legacy to sustain us through the cold literary winter that will arise now that no new Bradbury works will be forthcoming.

  • Vanvance1

    Nothing but respect for an artist who contributed in an important way to Western culture. Farenheit 451 has earned him his immortality.

    This is sad news, still 91 is a pretty good run.

  • DavidFullam

    I was preparing myself for this for awhile. Last time I saw his picture, he looked very, very ill. This man was truly one of a kind, and there will never, ever be anyone like him, or anyone who will create such a legacy as he did.

  • ChaosWeaver

    Christ, isn’t this a kick in the gut…

    Fuck, this is a real downer

  • Terminal

    The man is was and will forever be a literary god.