RIP Ray Bradbury...:(

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RIP Ray Bradbury...:(

Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » June 6th, 2012, 10:38 am

one of the greatest writers and storytellers has passed on to the next chapter. i figure given the number of us who love storytelling (and who are massive geeks. ;) ), it might be good to take turns in the chair and share some stories...

The first novel I ever read as a kid was Fahrenheit 451 in the sixth grade. At that point, I had already discovered Shakespeare, mythology and comic books, and so I was well on my way to what would become my life's path. But this was different. Bradbury flipped a switch in my brain, for the power of storytelling and of language, how you could weave worlds out of mere words. You could tell these small human stories, our little failings and minor victories, writ large against dystopian backdrops or alien landscapes. A child's imagination walking through a field could set the cosmos to spinning. Nothing I read or wrote after that would ever be the same. He was a childhood hero of mine and an influence throughout my life. He will be missed, but the universe vibrates with the power of his tales. And I'll forever be grateful for that gift.
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Postby diamond9 » June 6th, 2012, 11:05 am

I don't know if I could say it any better than you did, but I'll give a try at transparently sharing...

My mother used to berate me by saying, "You've always got your head in the clouds and don't live in reality, Celena! You need to live in the real world." My creative mind was viewed as childhood immaturity and hobby that I was expected to outgrow.

To this day that voice can sometimes show up to haunt me as I struggle on stage to be in the flow or when trying to write or paint. And in some small way, she was correct... I did have my head in the clouds by being immersed in the wonderful worlds created by genius creatives such as Bradbury. When that ghost voice pops up in my head, I feel that in my subconscious, creative souls like Bradbury are whispering encouragement for me to go ahead and leap into the clouds. He is one of many who helped shape who I am as a creative person because he dared to live in the ether and invited us to join.

THANK YOU, Ray Bradbury. I hope to some day be one fraction as creative and inspiring as you were.


This is what I posted as my FB status:

"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down." - Ray Bradbury

I am not going to say R.I.P. but instead... enjoy your adventures with your new wings.
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Postby mpbrockman » June 6th, 2012, 1:27 pm

First round of dandelion wine is on me...

To me, Bradbury was less of a storyteller than an impressionist painter. If asked about a RB story. I'm less likely to give a coherent timeline than I am to babble endlessly of blue sands, North Sea air, tattoos and perfect Midwestern afternoons - all with a hint of lemon.

I always took away more in the way of images, scents and atmosphere than stories.

So is that the last of the old masters? Asimov, Heinlein, PKD, Herbert and Clarke (snif - my all-time favorite) are all gone. Now Bradbury has run off to join the Pandemonium Shadow Show, the October people or maybe even the Connemara Runners.

Hail and Farewell, Ray. The world is poorer.
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Postby KathyRose » June 6th, 2012, 9:17 pm

I agree with Mr. Brockman. RB was a painter whose medium was words.

I read "Dandelion Wine" so many times (from junior high, on) that my original paperback copy fell apart. I even read it live, on air, a few years ago for Austin Information Radio, the reader service for the Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired. (That was before they cracked down on reading stuff available in audio form.)

It was my "one book that sticks with you" on that AIC forum thread in 2008, and in 2011, I proposed doing Bradbury-prov in the "PGraph's Narrative Intensive" thread.
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The end of the last chapter in the Holy SF Tetralogy

Postby necis » June 8th, 2012, 3:59 am

Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke and now Bradbury. It's staggering to think about how many minds those four individuals have inspired. RIP to all of them.
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