Our annual writing experiment in Ray Bradbury's shadow
"Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for." - Ray Bradbury.Thanks for that, and so much more.
The world has instantly become a slightly duller place. My gratitude to Ray is ridiculously huge. The man created my genres--the ones I started reading as a child, and the ones I write in today. I'm grateful he was here for as long as he was and that he was able to take his marvelous ideas and write them down for us to read. I have too many favorite stories to list, but the one I think people will first think of in 500 years when his name is mentioned is Fahrenheit 451. I rank it alongside Orwell's 1984 in terms of brilliance. It will always be relevant, and it's unlikely that it will ever seem dated, so long as humanity doesn't wean itself off the teat of the constant information barrage from the media and other sources that technology lets us gorge on today. The ability to think for ourselves and make critical decisions that can protect us from tyranny and censorship slips away while we spend our days watching reruns of "Washed Up Celebrities So Desperate for Attention They'll Dance," "Survivor," and people farting in public on Youtube. I'm not anti-technology at all, but I agree that it can be a terrible distraction from the things that matter in life if we let it. And it's also a powerful tool in helping people think what the government-media want them to. As Bill Hicks once said, "You are free--to think what we tell you."Fahrenheit 451 chills me with its truths, just as so many of Ray's stories have and will continue to do on each reading. Imagine if he had quit after a year or two, because it was too hard to get published and read all those rejection letters?Thank you, Ray, for writing that story a week and not giving up.
Thankyou Ray for the inspiration. RIP
Seeing him back in 2009 at the Escondido public library was a surreal experience. He spoke about being a "lover of life," and that, for him, his writing was always a labor of love. I didn’t get a chance to shake his hand or tell him how much I appreciated him; but he probably got enough of that already.What do you say to someone who’s laid the foundation for your favorite genre? "Thank you for inspiring me"?The truth is, "I owe you, Mr. Bradbury."
I have no words. None but 'Thank you'.~ Rhonda
It is a truly sad day for writers and for readers everywhere.
A great loss. Fahrenheit 451 is the only book I can recall being required to read in school and enjoying it anyway. Like so many others, it inspired my interest in science fiction.
When I was 17 I read The Martian Chronicles when it was published in 1950. I think I purloined it from my sister. Reading the book changed the way I observed and interpreted people and influenced my imagination ever since.