You may already know this but I wanted to mention this very important current event, Ray Bradbury, the great Horror,Fantasy, Science Fiction writer died this Tuesday June 5th 2012 at the age of 91. I heard coincidentally it was during the time Venus was in transit across the sun as viewed by us Earthbound aliens. So I think that is fitting. Venus won’t transit the Earth for another 100+yrs as viewed by us down here and we probably won’t get a writer to come along like him for just as long.
I’d say he lived a pretty full life, filled with magic, love, good friendships, and genuine appreciation by his critics and readers. What more could you ask for in a life as a writer. His legacy will live on for many years. He has certainly influenced me in what I see I want to be as a writer. I grew up with a lot of his stories. From the aforementioned title of this blog – “Something Wicked this way Comes” a little Horror/Fantasy horror yarn about a diabolical carnival coming to a small town, to Fahrenheit 451 – a dysotopian story so many other writers have tried to illuminate often in their own writing.
What I love I about him as a writer, was that he was so electic. He could go from writing a short love story like the “Laurel and Hardy Love Affair” to a fantasical endearing friends epoch little adventure set on the night of Halloween in the story called “Halloween Tree.” to his Science Fiction piece – “Martian Chronicles” and do them all so convincingly with new ideas never before explored, along with new perspectives to be pondered.
You believe the characters. You believe the fantastic situations. You believed the emotions. You believe the possibilites. He will simply be missed as a voice in all these genres.
I know many other authors and writers who followed his work have probably benefited from his many teachings whether they realized it or not when trying to translate their own stories from their inner minds to pen and paper. I know I have greatly.
I hope to do him and writers like him justice one day. Thank you Ray Bradbury for being a part of my life eventhough you didn’t know you were.