Ray Bradbury Passes Away

By posted at 10:20 am on June 6, 2012 3

Ray Bradbury, author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451, has passed away at the age of 91, reports io9. I’ll always remember the first time I read The Veldt (PDF), and being scared out of my adolescent mind.

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3 Responses to “Ray Bradbury Passes Away”

  1. Evelyn Walsh
    at 10:40 am on June 6, 2012

    THE VELDT got me too. And “Fahrenheit 451” is my shorthand for all the literary scariness these days.

  2. Chris Fletcher
    at 10:52 am on June 6, 2012

    “There Will Come Soft Rains” makes me even sadder now…

  3. Joe Schuster
    at 10:53 am on June 6, 2012

    As he was for many people, Bradbury was one of the most important literary bridges from kid’s lit to adult fiction for me. (And I suppose Rachel Bloom put a new spin on Bradbury as “adult” fiction with her song.) It was an easy journey from things like “R is for Rocket” and “S is for Space” to “The Martian Chronicles” and then to more challenging work. For me, the book that kept me up at night was “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and who can forget his terrific treatment of bullying, “All Summer in a Day,” which yesterday’s transit of Venus made me think of. And I agree with Evelyn Walsh: “Fahrenheit 451” is a eerie echo of so many aspects of our culture . . . written sixty years ago.

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