Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ray Bradbury Dies at age 91

One of the biggest names in the history of Sci Fi has passed away on Tuesday.  From Something Wicked this Way Comes, to The Martian Chronicles, to Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury often shunned the title of science fiction author.  He was well-known for classifying the distinction between science fiction and fantasy, in that science fiction is what is feasibly possible, and fantasy is not.  Bradbury claimed that the only true science fiction piece he had written was Farhenheit 451, where a future could exist in which owning and reading books is against the law.

Bradbury is credited with 27 novels and well over 600 short stories in his bibliography, and was one of the most celebrated science fiction authors of all time.  The obituary in the New York Times classified Bradbury as "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."

Interestingly, Bradbury was well known for a distaste and skepticism of modern technology, which resulted in his refusal to allow his works to be transferred into a digital medium.  He is quoted as saying,

"We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now."

When Fahrenheit 451 came up for publishing rights renewal in December of 2011, Bradbury conceded this point and allowed the work to be re-published in digital form, as long as it was available to any library patron for free download.  Fahrenheit is the only book by Bradbury currently available in digital medium.

For my part, Fahrenheit 451 was one of those seminal sci-fi books of my childhood.  I thoroughly recommend to anyone they give it a read...and I'll be going back and giving it another spin myself in the coming weeks.

Ray Bradbury, dead at age 91, but leaving a legacy that will be remembered for all time...



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