Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012 R.I.P.

We lost one of the greatest writers the US has ever produced in Ray Bradbury.  He died yesterday at the age of 91 in California.

Read his obituary in the LA Times.

I became aware of him and also became a big fan when I was a teenager and read "The Illustrated Man".  Those stories were incredible and especially "The Veldt" , With its technology gone wrong plot, this was a prime example of what others called the "Bradbury last sentence twist".  This was adapted for the radio show Dimension X  in 1951.   After reading this story I couldn't put the book down and soon was looking for all the Bradbury collections in my library.

In the mid 80s HBO ran a great show called "Ray Bradbury Theater"  and then it moved to the USA Network from 1988 to 1992.  All episodes were written by Mr. Bradbury with most being adapted from short stories or novels he had written.
One of the stories adapted was "The Small Assassin"  from 1946 that had been back in 1953 for the EC comic book "Shock SuspenStories" issue #7 and then adapted again for television for the second season of "Ray Bradbury Theater".



The world is a little sadder today without Ray Bradbury churning out fantasy and suspense stories to keep you up at night.

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