The Internet remembers Ray Bradbury
When io9 broke the news that Ray Bradbury had passed away, they reported his grandson said, “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone’s memories about him.” With that in mind, we present some of the coolest, and most interesting, things to pop up on the web. -Ed.
Ray Bradbury passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard of his passing by now. His name doesn’t need much of an introduction as “by many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.” Bradbury’s “books became a staple of high school and college English courses,” which is funny because Bradbury credited his success to the fact he never attended college at all!
In addition to his books and stories, Bradbury was regularly quotable and BuzzFeed collected 20 of his best bon mots. I mean, this is some good stuff: “We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves.” SWOON! Missing from the list is this gem that combines two of my favorite activities that was Tumblr’d by The Penguin Press: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” You can browse a more comprehensive collection of his quotes here.
Bradbury was rather curmudgeonly on the inchoate World Wide Web as evidenced by these statements he made at Brown University (alma mater high five!) in 1995:
I don’t understand this whole thing about computers and the superhighway. Who wants to be in touch with all of those people? …Who do you want to talk to? All those morons who are living across the world somewhere? You don’t even want to talk to them at home.
That said, he did tell the Brown students to “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down” and “Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here.” And, if along the journey to recreate the world, you have an opportunity to star in a commercial for prunes, as Bradbury did, then seize it!
Here are some other related links for your perusal:
- Fan of libraries? Despite his feelings towards colleges, Ray Bradbury was a long supporter of libraries. This letter he sent to the Fayetteville Public Library helps explain why.
- Here are 10 of Bradbury’s most prescient predictions, including e-books.
- While his influence in the literary world is obvious, here’s a piece on his impact on movies and filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.
- With Bradbury’s passing, the New Yorker unlocked this essay written by the author for the magazine’s current Sci-Fi issue where he explains what inspired him to write science fiction.