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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.

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Via: Chicago Tribune

Hollywood has just given the thumbs up to another novel for film adaptation. Winter’s Tale written by Mark Halprin was first released in 1983. The premise of the story takes place in a future New York with hints of mysticism, and allure that adds a unique quality to an already captivating, and original story.  Of course, if Halpring should thank anyone in Hollywood for the resurgence of his book it definitely has to be a certain screenwriter along with the help of two big name stars in the film industry.

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, he man who wrote well known films I Am Legend and  Batman and Robin, has had the script for Winter’s Tale floating around the purgatory that is “film development”. With his involvement in other projects such as:  I Am LegendHancock  I, Robot, and a A Beautiful Mind. We can definately understand why he would reach out to the big star’s in both of these films to help him out, and lending their names and talents to this film.

So, with the help of Russel Crowe and Will Smith he has been able to their top notch acting to lend more interest to the film, while managing to shave 20 million dollars off of a 75 million dollar budget. This allows for the film company to take a step towards filming possibly starting in the Fall. Film adaptation of  Helprin’s novel will be Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, and should hopefully be a hit in the box office. With so many books being adapted into film in the next year or two, it seems that I’ve definitely started a reading list to last me past summer vacation and a little into the Fall.

 

 

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Now that we are well within the information age and the Internet rules our life, computers have managed to place themselves at the top of the food chain.  I mean think about it, we are so dependent on the Internet if it turned off tomorrow panic, chaos, and death would ensue. Filmmakers have tried to warn us with their art but, unfortunately we were too busy changing our status on Facebook to listen.  Here are the top 10 Evil Computers that not only tried to take over the world but, they also make you have to think…When the hell is this going to happen in real life?

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