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Ray Bradbury: An appreciation from a Sci-Fi Geek

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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 ComesAs 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?

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Thanks Deb for posting this.  I think Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of those books that can literally transport the reader "elsewhere."  And I always loved the Dad working in library!  Harry W

I think the only Bradbury I ever read was Fahrenheit 451 but your words inspire me to try some of his other work. Thanks!

I have a great memory of a friend reading the Halloween Tree aloud by the light of a single candle in a holder shaped like an owl with crystal eyes. On a dark and stormy night, of course.

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