Parallel Tuesdays

Ray Bradbury Lives On

Last week, I was in the throes of the move (the last one for the next 20 years, at least, if I have anything to say about it) and bereft of Internet. Since I rarely bother to turn on the TV (unless it’s to watch Netflix or something from the DVR) and even more rarely bother to pick up a newspaper, I did not hear about the passing of the great Ray Bradbury until last Sunday.

I wonder what Mr. Bradbury would say about our reliance on the digital word. E-books. Blogs. Google News. Yahoo! News. Search engines. Chat boards. Wikipedia. Facebook. Twitter. Books can be burned at the digital word can be altered. While I delight in the digital, I wonder…

No doubt there are many articles honoring the passing of such a literary giant. He inspired countless writers and readers, students and teachers, the old and the young.

For me, his stories were one of the reasons I chose to become a writer. They remain always close to my heart and I will pass them on to my children. I have long planned on rereading as many of his works is I could get my hands on but, in the wake of his passing, I’m moving them to the top of my to-read list.

Some of my favorite works by Ray Bradbury:

What are your favorite works by Ray Bradbury?

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Image via Wikipedia (fair use)
Image via Wikipedia (fair use)

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15 thoughts on “Ray Bradbury Lives On

  1. Fahrenheit 451 was the first Bradbury work I read, and I fell in love. It was also one of the first books I read when I immigrated to America, so it holds a special place in my heart. Love him.

  2. My favorite story of his was “The Man Upstairs”. I just bought copies of “The Martian Chronicles” and “The Illustrated Man,” two books I should have read in freshman year of high school. Maybe I just feel guilty that I didn’t….

  3. He was definitely an inspiration for my early short stories because I read his works with such interest when I was young. I think his Fahrenheit 451 was my first introduction to dystopian novels.

  4. I’ve only just discovered the grand old man has left us. But what a legacy he has left behind. The October Country collection of shorts are my favourite. Feeling totally bereft, and so upset I never got around to dropping a note in the post thanking him for all the stories.

  5. @Jennie: He’s definitely a legend1

    @Adriana: It’s amazing how much an author can touch us.

    @John: I haven’t read The Man Upstairs. I’ll have to check it out. When RB passed, I realized how much of his works I hadn’t read yet. I’m going to be changing that shortly. 😀

    @Tiffany: I remember being so horrified at the idea of burning books. Still am. LOL

    Billie Jo: You’re right about the dystopian angle of F451. I didn’t even think about that. I’m going to have to reread it.

    @Joe: Any time. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    @Marcia: *blush* I haven’t read The Martian Chronicles yet but they are definitely on my list.

    @Millie: “Literary Hero.” I like that!

    @Deniz: I love Dandelion Wine. Plus, the title’s just catchy. LOL

    @Darla: It’s so nice to rediscover an author like RB. Makes me want to go back and read Ursula K LeGuin, Asimov and others too.

    @Caleb: LOL. Right on.

    @Julia: It’s so lovely we still have all his works to enjoy and to share with the next gen.

    @Julia: Oooh…now I’ll have to read (or reread…because I can’t remember which LOL) The Veldt.

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