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Shannon Nutt
06-06-12, 10:16 AM
He passed in Los Angeles this morning. Anything I say will not be enough...he was one of the great American writers.


Mike UFC
06-06-12, 10:46 AM
Wow. That really sucks. One of the great American writers for sure. A great many of his books occupy my bookshelves. May every day be a Halloween for him.

06-06-12, 11:06 AM
Wow. A Legend. A pure genius of his work.

06-06-12, 11:06 AM
I discovered The Martian Chronicles when I was high school, and I subsequently devoured almost everything I could get my hands on. Dandelion Wine, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, tons of incredible short stories - he was indeed one of the great authors.

Randy Miller III
06-06-12, 11:21 AM
Oh, man. Just this morning I requested a screener called "How to Live Forever", which features Bradbury, Ray Kurzweil and others. Spoiler alert! :(

movie diva
06-06-12, 11:45 AM

06-06-12, 11:53 AM
He was the last great sci-fi icon from the old days. May he RIP. :(

06-06-12, 12:30 PM
He autographed my copy of Fahrenheit 451 :(

06-06-12, 01:00 PM
I was lucky enough to see him speak with Ray Harryhausen a while back at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. RIP!

06-06-12, 02:12 PM
451 ==> (4+5)1 ==> 91 (his age when he died)

06-06-12, 02:40 PM
I read one of his many underrated works Death is a Lonely Business not too long ago. He'll surely be missed. :rip:

06-06-12, 02:43 PM
RIP ol bastard. Zero Hour was good

06-06-12, 04:01 PM
I read one of his many underrated works Death is a Lonely Business not too long ago. He'll surely be missed. :rip:I, too, have read that and will have to dig it out again.

He certainly showed me another side of SF as a teen when I first encountered the likes of his Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man.

What a wonderful and productive life.

06-06-12, 06:01 PM
One of the first books I ever owned and read from cover to cover was a Bradbury short story collection called Long After Midnight. I think it was an SFBC exclusive.

I couldn't have been more than 13 at the time, and I loved one of the stories in it so much that I typed it out, word for word, on an old typewriter/word processor and then printed out 4 or 5 copies to hand out to my friends at school.

RIP Mr. Bradbury.

06-06-12, 06:44 PM
Wow, my wife and I just watched my newly acquired Fahrenheit 451 a couple of nights ago, his stories, and the ones made into movies, are absolutely wonderful. I feel his sense of wonder and wistful loss in The Martian Chronicles...

In a recent issue of the New Yorker, Bradbury wrote about discovering science fiction stories as a child growing up in Waukegan, Ill., and his love for his grandfather. "I would go out to that lawn on summer nights and reach up to the red light of Mars and say, "Take me home!" I yearned to fly away and land there in the strange dusts that blew over dead-sea bottoms toward the ancient cities," he wrote.http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/science-fiction-author-ray-bradbury-dies-144137431.html

Ray Bradbury will be sorely missed...:( -kd5-

Nick Danger
06-08-12, 12:12 AM
I was just thinking about a Bradbury story this week. An old couple wanted to get mail, even if they couldn't read. One summer, an energetic young man stayed with them. He arranged things so they got catalogs, vacation brochures, free samples of detergent, and offers for new cars. It made them happy to bring in the mail each day, and the mail kept coming for years after that summer.

I haven't read that story since I was thirteen. Bradbury made a long-lasting impression on me. I can't say that he will be missed, because he left so much of himself behind.

06-08-12, 07:46 AM
He autographed my copy of Fahrenheit 451 :(
That's pretty awesome. I always regret when I skip opportunities to meet icons and people whose work I admire.

06-12-12, 05:16 PM
I'm going to pick up some more books by Bradbury. I enjoyed October Country, Something Wicked, the Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man.

06-18-12, 11:57 AM
I read in an article yesterday that he was very reluctant to let his books get converted to the e-format. Apparently he relented just days before he died. I think I will try to make it a point to read his stuff in traditional format in his honor.

06-18-12, 01:09 PM
Well his Wikipedia page said he allowed only Fahrenheit 451 to be released as an ebook, and then only "provided that the publisher, Simon & Schuster, allowed the e-book to be digitally downloaded by any library patron. The title remains the only book in the Simon & Schuster catalog where this is possible."

A quick check of the Denver Library and Greater Phoenix Library (and a few other smaller library systems) and I haven't found any ebook copies, although it is available from the Kindle store and Nook store.

Roy Batty
06-19-12, 12:11 PM
A truly great writer. I had the opportunity (although I didn't realize it as such) to see and hear him speak at my high school when I was a sophomore. Our new auditorium, for some strange reason, could not hold the entire student population, so only the juniors and seniors were allowed to attend. Mine was the only sophomore class allowed in, because it was a rainy day and we hadn't dressed for gym. He talked about writing "The Pedestrian" and his views on what was then modern society. I now count that as one of the most fortunate moments of my youth. He will be missed.

06-23-12, 08:36 PM
According to Deadline Hollywood, Joe Mantegna will produce (and narrate) Live Forever, a 90 minute documentary about Ray Bradbury. Among others, the documentary will feature Edward James Olmos, Dennis Franz, Malcolm McDowell, Hugh Hefner, Jean-Michel Cousteau and the late Roy Disney. It is scheduled to be released in December, with a possible four-hour TV miniseries version to follow later.

Can't wait... but I really hope they get Ray Harryhausen in it also. How could they make doc about Ray Bradbury without his best friend in it.

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