The Passing Of Legendary Author Ray Bradbury

Many people would, and will say that the world is a smaller, less imaginative place today with the passing of author Ray Bradbury. This NerdBastad believes that isn’t so.

The world is forever more imaginative because Bradbury, with his literary works, forever changed the future’s landscape by opening the minds of his readers to the untold possibilities and influenced countless creative geniuses in every field of human endeavor. Bradbury’s legacy will continue to multiply, divide, and multiply again and again.

Bradbury’s daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her 91 year old father died Tuesday night in Southern California.

The author of classic Sci-Fi books such as “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles” was born in Waukegan, Ill, on Aug. 22, 1920. Bradbury was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death, his home for the past several decades.

Bradbury authored more than 27 novels and collected stories and penned over 600 short stories. Bradbury is often credited with raising the then battered reputation of science fiction. Many say Bradbury single-handedly dragged the Sci-Fi genre from pulp fiction, into the realm of literature. UCI Physics professor and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer Gregory Benford said:

“The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke, but Bradbury, in the ‘40s and ‘50s, became the name brand.”

It’s gonna take a couple of days for this news to really sink in for this NerdBastard, although writing this post has helped. Every nerd or geek has a story about how Ray Bradbury affected their lives, even if they aren’t aware of it.

We’re gonna end this post with two videos. The first is a video conversation with Ray Bradbury that’s a wonderfully whimsical look at Bradbury and his thoughts on books, libraries, and life. The second is a video that reflects the style and outlook on nerdy and geeky things that NerdBastards love.


Via: Chicago Tribune

Category: Film, TV

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