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Jun. 07 2012

Gone, but never forgotten…

By Mark Malinowski | Posted in Host Blogs | 5 Comments

It was with great sadness that I received the news of the passing of the great Ray Bradbury.  He was, without a doubt, one of the most imaginative, eloquent, and interesting writers of the 20th century, and his influence has reached far and wide, and will continue to do so.

I read “The Martian Chronicles” when I was 12.  It was the first real “Science Fiction” novel I read, and it had a profound influence on me.  About 20 years later, I reread it, and it was like reading the book for the first time.  At 12, I really didn’t appreciate Bradbury’s true gift for language, nor did I grasp the parallels with the discovery of America and the subsequent expansion.  A remarkable book.

There is a lot of science fiction that has been so eclipsed by technology that it is almost difficult to read, but some of the work rises above that.  Writers like Asimov, Heinlein, Ellison and, of course, Ray Bradbury transcend the advances in technology that might make other works laughable through the depth of storytelling, characters, use of language, and, in many ways, philosophy.  They were not just good science fiction writers–they were great writers who rose above their genre, and Ray Bradbury looms over them all.

If it’s been a while, why not pick up a Bradbury novel and give it a go?  You might be surprised at how “current” this “dated” fiction may seem.  If  “Farenheit 451” doesn’t make you stop and think about things in our world today, I’d be surprised.

It never ceases to amaze me how a pop singer can pass away (don’t get me wrong–a tragic thing) and that is all one hears about in the news for days or even weeks, but the passing of one of the great writers of our time gets little notice.  I think it is something Ray might have written about.  Maybe he did.



Mark Malinowski


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5 Responses to Gone, but never forgotten…

  • Diana Ross
    Diana Ross says:

    I loved “The Illustrated Man”! I remember reading “The Veldt” in a summer creative writing class and was blown away by Bradbury’s ability to make me smell the lions. To this day I remember that story and the utter creep-factor it gave me!

    I was a child who spent her summers in the library rather than the pool and Bradbury was one of my go-to authors. Many of my favorite authors attribute their love of science fiction to Bradbury.

  • Kati Harrison
    Kati Harrison says:

    “I think it is something Ray might have written about. Maybe he did.” Mark, he did! Ray Bradbury maintained that Fahrenheit 451 was more about the effects of mass media on literature than censorship. He was indeed a man who was ahead of his time. Last weekend I played a recording of the score from the film F. 451 by Bernard Hermann. Not to be morbid, but I checked online to make sure Bradbury was still living.

  • Kati Harrison
    Kati Harrison says:

    Oh, and too my recollection, Bradbury was not a fan of the F. 451 film.

    • Diana Ross
      Diana Ross says:

      For the life of me I can’t remember seeing the film! I know I’ve read the book. Maybe I’ll have to give that a look-see soon?

  • Reed Hessler
    Reed Hessler says:

    Actually Bradbury’s death was a front page story in today’s New York Times, and the article filled an entire second page. Also his death was all over the cable news stations, so he was hardly ignored.

    A few years ago I discovered that two of my favorite episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “The Jar” (which won an Emmy for teleplay)and “The Life Work of Juan Diaz” were both based on short stories by Ray Bradbury. And a lovely episode of “The Twilight Zone” entitled “I Sing the Body Electric” was originally written for TV by Bradbury and then adapted by him into a story.

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