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RIP ray bradbury
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:32:13 AM »
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R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 07:34:41 AM »
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 07:42:28 AM »
91's a great age, but it's still sad to see someone like Bradbury leave the world.  RIP.


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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 12:52:14 PM »
Well that is a kick in the teeth.  My mom is going to be sad when she comes home tonight,she may be his biggest fan.
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 12:55:19 PM »
Loved his short stories.  They were like Twilight Zone episodes inside my brain. 
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 12:58:23 PM »
Loved his short stories.  They were like Twilight Zone episodes inside my brain. 

Ever seen his Tv series?  It was pretty good too.
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 05:13:04 PM »
I remember a radio talk show with Harlan Eliison and I wanna say Isaac Asimov (It was the Long John Nebel Show on WNBC i NYC) who called Bradbury simply "A Poet."   I read Dandelion Wine as a kid and experienced a nostalgia I should have been too young to know.  Rest in Peace. 
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 05:18:33 PM »
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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 06:52:38 PM »
I've only read a little of his work, but it was amazing stuff.  I feel there was a sense that things would often happen that could easily be played for horror but he often presented it as simply a thing that was happening, making things even more unsettling. "Dark They Were And Golden Eyed" is equal measures scary and sort of hopeful... it's lack of passing judgment over what's happening gave it a really haunting quality.

I also like how he handled having his work copied by EC Comics.  He found out that a lot of his stories where being recreated by EC Comics horror and sci-fi books (I love EC but there's no denying they often stole stories to use as "jumping off points").  Ray had every right to be mad (and maybe he was) but instead...

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Adaptations of Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories, which appeared in two dozen EC comics starting in 1952. It began inauspiciously, with an incident in which Feldstein and Gaines plagiarized two of Bradbury's stories and combined them into a single tale. Learning of the story, Bradbury sent a note praising them, while remarking that he had "inadvertently" not yet received his payment for their use. EC sent a check and negotiated a productive series of Bradbury adaptations.

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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 09:34:55 PM »
I've only read a little of his work, but it was amazing stuff.  I feel there was a sense that things would often happen that could easily be played for horror but he often presented it as simply a thing that was happening, making things even more unsettling. "Dark They Were And Golden Eyed" is equal measures scary and sort of hopeful... it's lack of passing judgment over what's happening gave it a really haunting quality.

I also like how he handled having his work copied by EC Comics.  He found out that a lot of his stories where being recreated by EC Comics horror and sci-fi books (I love EC but there's no denying they often stole stories to use as "jumping off points").  Ray had every right to be mad (and maybe he was) but instead...

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Adaptations of Ray Bradbury science-fiction stories, which appeared in two dozen EC comics starting in 1952. It began inauspiciously, with an incident in which Feldstein and Gaines plagiarized two of Bradbury's stories and combined them into a single tale. Learning of the story, Bradbury sent a note praising them, while remarking that he had "inadvertently" not yet received his payment for their use. EC sent a check and negotiated a productive series of Bradbury adaptations.

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Re: RIP ray bradbury
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2012, 01:11:14 PM »
I had no idea this happened...just learned about it today upon seeing a display set up about him.  Not too long ago, I was looking up something that had Ray Bradbury's name attached to it, and I thought, "You know, I think it's great that he's still around, since he's one of the last of the great writers of that era of science fiction and fantasy."  Heck, I might have even said that sometime within the past week, after he died.

Reflecting, I wouldn't have said off the top of my head that Bradbury had an influence in me wanting to get into writing, but the more I think about it, the more I realize how much I really enjoyed his work.  Though I've never read "Something Wicked," probably the first story I ever heard by him was the one about the kid who has the terrible cold.  If you've never read it, I won't spoil it here...but its ending is really quite fascinating and horrific in that 'lingering' dread sense than it is about shock.  It's a story that's stuck with me for a long time, and it, along with his other work, is genuinely fun to read.  I don't think the phrase "Titan of Literature" is something to be used lightly, but damn it, he was one of them.
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