Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91. The New York Times has done a nice obituary for him available here. There are many others sprouting up all over the Internet.
I don’t normally post author tributes or obituaries, but Ray Bradbury was one of my favorite authors growing up. He was my introduction to science fiction and horror (Tolkien introduced me to fantasy fiction). I read and enjoyed all his major short story collections and novels: Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, The October Country, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, I Sing the Body Electric, etc. If I had to pick just a single, favorite Bradbury story it would probably be “Homecoming,” but they’re all terrific. I also recently had the privilege of seeing the film Fahrenheit 451 in 35mm on the big screen just a couple months ago.
I have disturbingly few of Bradbury’s books in my collection — though I do have a number of his stories in various anthologies I own — probably because I read so much of his work from the library. I will have to correct that deficiency in my own library.
Let me just close by posting the links to my blog posts from 2010 on Rachel Bloom’s comedic but not-suitable-for-work song about Mr. Bradbury and his reaction to the song (here and here). By all accounts, he enjoyed the song and took it with the good humor it was intended, so I think it’s a fun tribute t an author who has left a lasting impression on so many people over the decades.