Ray Bradbury

Author Ray Bradbury

“A photograph of science fiction author Ray Bradbury that I took in August, 1975 and which he later autographed to me.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Undoubtedly one of the Grand Masters of science fiction, Ray Bradbury was one of the authors whose works I consumed avidly in my childhood and youth.  I fell in love with his short stories in particular.  At the very pinnacle of my favourites of his works is The Martian Chronicles (also titled The Silver Locusts), which I’ve read over and over.  His words wove a magic the like of which I had never encountered before.

I admit that I’m not overly fond of Mr Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, but that’s probably a fault in me rather than it.  There are very few of his other works that I would avoid.   Even so, I still lean more towards his short stories rather than his novels.  Perhaps it’s habit, formed long ago, when my attention span wasn’t quite so good.

In all honesty, I believe that no science fiction collection is complete without at least some of Mr Bradbury’s works.   Of all the Grand Masters, I feel that he is the most accessible.  He has produced tales that can be appreciated by all ages from pre-teens (about 11 years plus), and many of them are incredibly memorable.

I have one favourite phrase from Mr Bradbury’s works: “Dark they were, and golden eyed”.  It is a permanent reminder, to me, of the book’s lilting stories and never fails to conjure up my memories of the nostalgic, wistful sadness of The Martian Chronicles.

If you’ve never read Mr Bradbury’s works, or you’ve only read Fahrenheit 451, I strongly suggest that you explore his short stories, even if you dislike science fiction.  You may just be amazed.

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6 thoughts on “Ray Bradbury

  1. I loved the Sound of Thunder…the “Path” that was stepped from, the butterfly crushed. He was the keynote speaker at the SBWC one of the years i attended, and I shook his hand, and I, too, have loved him since I was a child. I am going to do a “pingback” to this article, from one I wrote as a tribute when he passed. You sir, have impeccable taste. 🙂

    • That must have been quite something! 🙂 It’s amazing how broad an age range can enjoy his writing. A pingback would be very welcome indeed, thanks! 🙂

      Thanks 😀

  2. There is a wonderful insight into the writing of Fahrenheit 451, as revealed by the author himself at a commencement address at Caltech. Read “How a Bag of Dimes Turned into a Novel” on Bookshelf.

  3. Steve, I love Ray B., too. Read ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ and it remains one of my favourite stories ever. Then a friend on GoodReads recommended ‘Dandelion Wine.’ What a summer to remember.

    • He is definitely a most remarkable storyteller, Claudine 🙂 It amazes me how he can take you from the depths of horror, soaring up into fantastic worlds and back to Earth with those hazy summer days of gentle, natural magic 🙂

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