Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012).

“I believe the universe created us; we are an audience for miracles. In that sense, I guess, I’m religious.” — Ray Bradbury, AARP Magazine

Beloved author Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

He was best known for his collection of short stories, The Martian Chronicles and his novella Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian story about a future in which books — all books — are banned. Ironically, Fahrenheit 451 itself was banned from some schools — not mine though. I first discovered Ray Bradbury when I was assigned the text in high school. I read it in one sitting and became a huge fan of Mr. Bradbury’s work.

In fact, I consider him to be the grand master of contemporary science fiction. Maybe someone else already officially holds that title, but few science fiction writers hold a candle to Bradbury’s voice, prose, and storytelling. He was a master of the craft, a true magician.

The Life and Times of Ray Bradbury

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it.” – Ray Bradbury, Beyond 1984: The People Machines

I’ve collected some links to interviews, obituaries, a short story, and other interesting pieces about Mr. Bradbury on the web. I promise you won’t be disappointed. In addition to being a brilliant writer, he was a fascinating person:

Short Story by Ray Bradbury (downloadable PDF): “There Will Come Soft Rains

Writing Advice: “Ray Bradbury’s Best Writing Advice

Buzzfeed: “20 Of Ray Bradbury’s Thoughts On Life, Death, And¬†Writing

The Paris Review: “Interview with Ray Bradbury

NPR obituary: “‘Fahrenheit 451’ Author Ray Bradbury Dies At 91

Neil Gaiman: “A moving tribute to Ray Bradbury

“Science fiction is the fiction of ideas.” – Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was inspired and inspiring. See for yourself:

“Looking back over a lifetime, you see love was the answer to everything.” – Ray Bradbury.

Express your thoughts about Ray Bradbury and share any links about his life and work by leaving a comment.

About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


7 Responses to “Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)”

  1. Marelisa says:

    Hi Melissa: Thank you for linking to my post on Ray Bradbury’s writing advice. Also, the other links look fantastic, and I’m going to take a look at them right now.

  2. Michelle McCartney says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I am , I must confess not very well -up on Ray Bradbury but I think that your post on him is so inspiring and I will be remedying the situation a.s.a.p. It is heartwarming to see him being marked so lovingly . Cheers. Writing Forward has done it once again.

  3. Lena says:

    Ray Bradbury is inspiring and fascinating. Its a great loss to the writing industry.

  4. Kathy says:

    Thank you for all the links. I’ve not read many of Bradbury’s works, but I find his enthusiasm for books, libraries, writing, life in general inspiring.