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Ray Bradbury: An appreciation from a Sci-Fi Geek
Ray Bradbury passed away on Tuesday June 5th, 2012 and a light has gone out in the Universe. To say that I was a fan of Bradbury's doesn't seem enough. He inspired me. I was introduced to Bradbury in my teens. I was looking for something to read and while rifling through my mother's bookshelf, I came across a worn paperback. On the cover, was a naked man sitting on a scaffold with his back to the audience. He was completely covered from the neck down in tattoos (pardon me, illustrations). The was The Illustrated Man. Sixteen stories each told as the illustrations on this man's body come to life and predict the future. Bradbury wrote like a fine artist paints. His words flow and envelop you, lifting you up into the story being told. For teens (adults too), I recommend The Halloween Tree and Something Wicked This Way Comes. As a librarian, I shiver at the thought of the future presented in Bradbury's masterpiece Fahrenheit 451. I won't spoil it for you but think for a minute, if you had only one book to preserve for the rest of your life, what would it be?