Author Ray Bradbury passes away at the age of 91 Ray Bradbury was one of those secular authors who changed the way I viewed the world. I read Dandelion Wine when I was 8 or 9, and fell in love with it. I never looked at tennis shoes in the same way again.

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DavidO's picture

And, of course, there is Farehnheit 451 which is a great book.

Never read The Martian Chronicles, but some of the things I heard subsequent to his recent passing has me interested.

Susan R's picture


I read ]a tribute by Bradbury's biographer this morning.

Along with the multitude of literary achievements, the 600 published short stories; the classic novels; the doorstop collections of poetry and essays, Bradbury wrote screenplays (most notably adapting Melville’s "Moby-Dick" to the screen for director John Huston in 1956). He wrote for Rod Serling’s "Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." He won an Emmy award for adapting his own book, "The Halloween Tree" into an animated television program. He was nominated for an Academy Award. He staged his plays around the world. He wrote architectural concepts that were the design influences behind shopping plazas in Los Angeles and San Diego, even Spaceship Earth at Disney’s EPCOT. In 1971, the Apollo 15 astronauts even named a crater on the lunar surface after Bradbury 1957 novel-in-stories, "Dandelion Wine."

Lots of little boys wanted to become astronauts because of Bradbury et al.

christian cerna's picture

i enjoyed ferehnheit 451. bradbury seemed to know the direction the world was heading in, when he warned us about the destruction of books and censoring of information. it is not difficult to imagine that in another 50 years, physical books will have all but disappeared, and the few books that are left to read are the ones that the government deems acceptable- all on ebook reader devices of course, that are linked to some central server, so that the government can monitor what books are being read, and by whom.