Speilberg, King, Gaiman and other writers react to Ray Bradbury’s death
Many of you probably already know that the great Ray Bradbury has left us. So many writers are offering tributes to him that I wanted to share a few with you. I’ll post my own reflections later. Come back as I’ll continue to add to this list as I find other links.
- Here’s to you, Ray — Jessica Allen at Macleans.CA shares her recollections of Ray Bradbury and her discovery of some early stories Macleans published some sixty years ago.
- A man who won’t forget Ray Bradbury – Neil Gaiman, bestselling fantsy writer, shares his memories and the influence and impact that Ray Bradbury had on him as a young boy, his meeting with Bradbury, and Bradbury’s legacy.
- Spielberg, Lindelof, Stephen King and Others Remember Ray Bradbury – Spielberg commenting on the man who was his muse; King’s awe of Bradbury’s thunderous giant footsteps; Gaiman’s immediate reaction and more on learning of the death of this literary giant and beloved author.
- Ray Bradbury’s website – The official announcement of Ray Bradbury’s death.
- Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery – NY Times tribute by Gerald Jonas.
Writers lives marked by celestial oddities
It’s one of those oddities that sometimes occur with famous people. You know, like Mark Twain and Halley’s comet. Twain himself marked his life by the comet when he noted that he was born during the comet’s visit and would “go out with it.” Twain died in 1910 one day after the return of the comet.
Of course, Ray Bradbury, a very precise writer managed to hit the very day of his celestial visitor. Bradbury wrote a short story All Summer in a Day about school children on Venus. How fitting that the man who took us to Venus and so many other off-world landscapes would die on a summer day during the Venus Transit, an event that we won’t see again and our grandchildren may experience 105 years from now. A fitting memorial, wouldn’t you say? Even his beloved stars and planets pay tribute to the legendary science fiction.
The Paris Review Interview with Ray Bradbury
- The Paris Review Interview of Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203 – Lengthy interview with Bradbury about his life, his career, his work and the writing craft.
- At home with Ray – Videos of Ray Bradbury at home talking about his books, his life, and writing.
Books by Ray Bradbury
If you’re not familiar with Bradbury’s work, here are but a few of the titles many are talking about and sharing how the books have impacted their lives. Of course, my favorite remains Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity and particularly his essay The Joy of Writing. If you haven’t read Bradbury, I urge you to do so. If you have but it’s been a while, why not pick up the book again and let Bradbury entertain you as you gain access to his imagination and genius.
- The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (P.S.)
- Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity
- Fahrenheit 451
- The Martian Chronicles
- Illustrated Man (Flamingo Modern Classic)
- Dandelion Wine
- A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories (Contains All Summer in a Day and many other famous stories.)
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