Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Ray Bradbury, R.I.P.
We've lost one of our literary lions. Ray Bradbury died yesterday at 91. To me, that's young for a creative genius whose words still inspire readers.
And, of course, he inspires librarians. Every one of us recognizes the book burners, the censors in Farenheit 451. He valued public libraries. He wrote a 1971 essay, "How Instead of Being Educated in College, I was Graduated From Libraries." And, he put his time, his letters, and his fund-raising efforts behind the effort to keep the library doors open in Southern California.
He was the author of a wonderful book that became one of my favorite movies, "Something Wicked This Way Comes." I read so many of his collections, but the story that has always lingered with me is "A Sound of Thunder," a time travel story of a man who changed the course of the human history, through an accident. (To reveal what happened would be a spoiler for those who never read this remarkable work.)
The New York Times article, "Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91", was written by Gerald Jonas. Here's the link, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/books/ray-bradbury-popularizer-of-science-fiction-dies-at-91.html?smid=pl-share.
For me, I just want to say thank you, and, R.I.P. Mr. Bradbury. We'll miss you.