questionshow will you remember ray bradbury? (r.i.p.)


My favorite...The Illustrated Man...

What can you say... he clearly was one of the greatest sci-fi writers... ever...

Gonna have to read all his stories again this week!!


Oh god. Now I'm really sad. Genuinely. The list of gifts that Bradbury gave us is endless, from a Mars that made us dream, to Something Wicked This Way Comes. Oh, Ray, why would you leave us?

How could I forget Fahrenheit 451?


Something Wicked this Way Comes is probably my favorite of his novels. But his short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" from The Martian Chronicles made a tremendous impact on me as a kid, and it is still a touchstone for me in my darker expectations of our future. It's the loneliest, saddest thing I've ever read. I will never forget those "five spots of paint". Story can be read here:


I'm with @shrdlu: Fahrenheit 451 was one of the first classic scifi stories I ever read, and it still resonates.

RIP to the grand master.


@moondrake: Thanks for posting that link!
RIP, Ray. See ya in another universe.


His short stories gave me a love for reading that is still there 50 years later. Thanks Ray, RIP.


Bradbury's passing leaves an enormous empty space in my personal universe. I can't even decide which of his books or stories was my favorite. He was one of the triumvirate (Theodore Sturgeon and Robert Heinlien being the others) who first led me into a life-long appreciation for science fiction, and I've been reading his work since I was 11.

I thought you might enjoy reading Bradbury's story of how he became a writer:


His short stories were some of the first stories that I really got into. What a wonderful imagination! Thank you good sir.


The first SF book I ever read was Bradbury's "R is for Rocket"


Incredible imagination, awesome communications skills. A true visionary and artist. Books will stand the test of time as scifi classics - not fantasy or pulp pot-boilers.


Here is an absolute (and quick) must-read from someone who knew him well:


@moondrake: "There Will Come Soft Rains." Oh, my! I read this first in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, too. So sad to hear he is gone. Thanks for the post to the article. I learned things about him that I had never known.


...then she said, "Remember what Edith Wharton said when Henry James did what you just did?"


"The flavor starts at the elbow."

They broke into laughter together and he turned and went down the marble steps toward the stained-glass entry. At the bottom of the stairs he looked up at her and said:

"Tonight, when you're going to sleep, remember what I called you when I was twelve, and say it out loud."

"I don't remember," she said.

"Yes, you do."

Below the town, a train whistle blew again.

He opened the front door, stepped out, and he was gone. Her hand on the last light switch, looking in at the double circle of books on the far table, she thought: What was it he called me?

"Oh, yes," she said a moment later.

And switched off the light.

RIP Ray.


I remember reading 'The Martian Chronicles' when I was a kid, and it is one of the few fiction books that I have actually read multiple times. Ray was a great story teller with an awesome imagination and style.


Well, looks like we've lost another one of those that we really can't afford to lose. Bye, good luck, and godspeed, Ray!


Oh man... that's really sad to hear. Rest in Peace Ray Bradbury.

I read his book Fahrenheit 451 back in high school and some short stories.


‎"Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered."

Rest in Peace dear Man, you shall be missed but your stories will live forever...


@elforman: Oh, my. That was an interesting but rather sad piece, wasn't it?



I got to see Ray at a book signing thing at Earthling Bookstore ages ago. Before delving into the task of signing the long line of book-holders, he spoke to the group. I wish I could remember what he talked about; what I remember most was that the entire bookstore was dead silent but for his voice, with everyone focused on him. He didn't even need a PA to address the crowd. He spoke exactly as he wrote, and it was absolutely enchanting to hear him weave his tales. This particular memory is what I'll always remember most about him.

"The people of Earth are reconciled that this is the last night of the world..."


I doubt anyone will see this in time, but "CBS Sunday Morning" is about to do a short tribute to him in a few minutes. It's 8:50am CDT, 6/10, right now.