RIP Author Ray Bradbury at 91

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Late last year Ray Bradbury reluctantly allowed his classic novel Fahrenheit 451 to be published in ebook form, which was initially problematic but later resolved nicely.

Today we learn that the famed author has died at age 91 after decades of creating amazing stories and characters and visions of potential futures based on the human-technology interaction. He is best known for Fahrenheit 451, but through his short stories and collections he painted visions of the future based on the realities of the world around him:

Bradbury broke through in 1950 with “The Martian Chronicles,” a series of intertwined stories that satirized capitalism, racism and superpower tensions as it portrayed Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization.

Like Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” and the Robert Wise film “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Bradbury’s book was a Cold War morality tale in which imagined lives on other planets serve as commentary on human behavior on Earth. “The Martian Chronicles” has been published in more than 30 languages, was made into a TV miniseries and inspired a computer game.

He had been confined to a wheelchair for several years due to a stroke, but had continued writing and publishing works of fiction, essays and poetry right until the end.

For some it was ironic that a futurist author resisted ebooks for so long, but to him the very ‘realness’ of print books was lost in the electronic form, a sentiment heard from many authors and musicians.

Either way, he was an insightful and entertaining author whose works remain true and relevant today because the core ideals driving people don’t change. And he will be missed.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

1 Comment on "RIP Author Ray Bradbury at 91"

  1. Ray was one of my favorite authors. I’d read his stories since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and sometimes my father would read some of the stories to us…Chapter 30 of Dandelion Wine, of Lavinia and the Lonely One, was particularly memorable. Creeped us kids out! Many of his writings seemed quite prophetic. So many stories and such that I liked. Odd that I only now possess a few paperbacks. Martian Chronicles was fun, the Halloween Tree, S is for Space, Dandelion Wine…
    He will be missed. 🙁