Remembering Ray Bradbury

“Science fiction is the art of the possible.”                  Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)

On June 5th of 2012, Ray Bradbury,  one of the greatest science fiction writers, author of many books including the classic “Fahrenheit 451”, passed away at age 92.

This is a special tribute to Ray Bradbury, on his first death anniversary.

“Fahrenheit 451” made a huge impact on me.  I will never forget when I read it for the first time.

The best way to make a tribute to Ray Bradbury is, of course, reading his science fiction and horror stories, like “The Ilustraded Man” and “The Martian Chronicles”.

But his most famous work, is of course, “Fahrenheit 451”.

Some Ray Bradbury trivia: His favorite writers and poets were: William Shakespeare, Thomas Wolfe, Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, Katherine Anne Porter, Aldous Huxley, Eudora Welty and Edith Wharton.

He loved reading and he absolutely loved Poetry.

“Fahrenheit 451” has been adapted to the Silver screen in 1966, by François Truffaut, the famous French film Director starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie.

“The Ilustrated Man” was also adapted to the cinema, in 1969 with Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom.

Ray Bradbury received many awards and honors.

Steven Spielberg and Stephen King admired his work.

He had a great friendship with Ray Harryhausen, the great special-effects pioneer.

Ray Harryhausen was best man at Bradbury’s wedding.

Ray Bradbury did not attend college, In regard to his education, Bradbury said:

“Libraries raised me. I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years”.

And he told The Paris Review:

“You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t”.

Last year, when Ray Bradbury died,  “The New York Times”, “The Washington Post”, “The Los Angeles Times” wrote tributes to him.

More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.

Let’s celebrate Ray Bradbury by reading his works!

Thank you for all the wonderful books that you wrote!

We will never forget you, Ray Bradbury!

Jacqueline

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