Ray Bradbury enters his soul’s next great adventure at 91

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Tuesday night, sad news struck the geek community at large, though to be fair this news touches far more people that anyone may realize.  Ray Bradbury passed from this life into the next on June 5th, 2012 at the age of 91.  With a career spanning over 70 years he has published over 500 works, including novels, short stories, movie and television scripts and poetry.  His writing spans genres, though he is best known for fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery.

He is most famously known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but his work extends so much further.  He started his writing career early, actually having written a sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ The Warlord of Mars at the age of twelve.  He also has countless short stories under his name spanning literary magazines and genre magazines over the years.  There’s also a good chance you’ve seen one of his works in movie or TV form without even knowing it.

His name can be seen all over the scientific and writing community, in the form of The Ray Bradbury Award for fantasy and science fiction authors, an asteroid named 9766 Bradbury, and a crater on the moon named after his book Dandelion Wine.  He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Nation Medal of Arts and an honorary doctorate from Woodbury University.

Needless to say Mr. Bradbury led an adventurous life.  As a writer myself I can only hope to dip my toe into the kind of life he had, and will count myself successful if I publish a fraction of what he did.  He will be missed, but we can all imagine that his soul is now on a new adventure.  He passed while Venus made its historic trip across the sun, as viewed from Earth.  A fitting farewell to one of the father’s of modern science fiction.

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