Ray Bradbury – “All My Friends Were On The Shelves Above”

Ray Bradbury – Born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. Died June 5, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Ray Bradbury, fantasy and speculative fiction writer, died yesterday in Los Angeles after a long illness.

Letters of Note today presents a lovely letter from the great man to a library, concerning the inception of  “The Fireman” which eventually became his celebrated novel, Fahrenheit 451(the novel, he argued, which was his only true work of science fiction – he saw himself as a creator of fantasies).

When a writer like Bradbury passes, if you’re anything like me, you suddenly realise that you’ve not read nearly enough of his work.  That’s a sad state of affairs which I mean to address at the library this weekend – I like to think that Bradbury would approve of using this most underrated and glorious of resources to further explore his body of work.

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One response to “Ray Bradbury – “All My Friends Were On The Shelves Above”

  1. Dub Saint

    Although I’ve read three of Bradbury’s longer works (Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes), it’s his short stories I’ll always treasure, especially “A Sound of Thunder,” “Zero Hour,” “There Will Come Soft Rains,” and “The Town Where No One Got Off.” On a side note, I thought it was conincidental that everyone was watching planet Venus in transit the same day Bradbury passed – if anyone inspired people to look to the stars it was Ray Bradbury… :). In fact, Bradbury wrote a rather interesting short story set on Venus called “The Long Rain.”

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