Ray Bradbury Dies

Spiral Galaxy
Spiral Galaxy NGC 1672 from Hubble
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA);

“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.”  Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury Passes On

Ray Bradbury died last night, Tuesday June 5, at age 91. The science fiction writer became a household name after publishing “The Martian Chronicles”. Since then,  his literary and film credits have been many and numerous. I can’t stop wondering that perhaps his spirit has transcended the earth’s field of gravity and is out there somewhere among the stars; thus I have posted this Hubble picture of the Spiral Galaxy as a tribute to the sci-fi master.

Ray Bradbury with George and Laura Bush
Ray Bradbury with George and Laura Bush

Ray’s Writing

Ray began writing short stories, while living in the L.A. area. His first published pieces were unpaid. As stated above, Ray skipped college and went straight to work as a writer. He began by writing and submitting sci-fi stories to pulp magazines and after some success he was able to complete and sell the novel, The Martian Chronicles. Ray also used his working class youth in Waukegan, IL as background material for such works as Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked  This Way Comes. From his modest beginning, Ray expanded by writing for TV (The Twilight Zone) and adapting some of his works to film. Upon his passing, the popular writer leaves behind a large bibliography of published works.

 Zen In the Art of Writing

This gem of a book is Ray Bradbury’s advice to writers. Only 150 pages long, this manuscript is the perfect companion to any aspiring writer or it can be an enjoyable read for the shady, backyard hammock on a hot summer’s day. Just be sure to bring along a pitcher of cold lemonade and a light snack, for the book will keep your eyes glued to the pages, even if you detest the though of putting a pen to paper. Published in 1990, the pages are filled with the same broad array of witticisms and clever observations that characterized his fiction.

The Visual Artist

Not everyone is aware of this aspect of Mr. Bradbury’s life, but besides being a successful writer, Ray was an accomplished painter, as well. In fact, making painted images was an activity that the writer pursued for much of his life. His artwork even made it on to a few of his book covers. For a quick glimpse of Ray’s art work, you can check out this site, where Giclee prints are offered for sale.

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