RIP: Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, died yesterday.  He was 91 years old.

I have been a fan of Bradbury since reading Fahrenheit 451 as a 14 year old.  This dystopian novel introduced me to Bradbury’s wonderful storytelling.  A few years ago, I picked up Bradbury stories: 100 of his most celebrated tales and was again impressed with Bradbury’s ability to create memorable settings full of amazing metaphors.

Ray Bradbury was not just a writer— he was a husband, father, and an advocate for libraries.  Bradbury spoke about how important libraries were to him in this interview with the Paris Review:

I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school.

Haven’t read much sci-fi or fantasy?  Check out Multnomah County Library’s Science Fiction 101 Booklist and their Fantastical Fiction — Anthony to Zelazny Booklist!

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