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Ray Bradbury Passed Away [Jun. 6th, 2012|11:54 am]
Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

A great writer and certainly an inspiration. He was always curious, interested in science fiction and real science.

He wrote a number of haunting and inspiring stories, such as Farenheit 451. But he also made lots of little contributions...

Have you heard the term "butterfly effect"? It means that slight alterations in initial conditions, in chaotic systems, can result in major changes later on. It's named for the idea that a time traveler doing something as minor as killing a butterfly in the past could have a cascading and unforeseen effect on the future.

That butterfly scenario? It came from a Bradbury short story in 1952.

[User Picture]From: rattuskid
2012-06-06 08:57 pm (UTC)
Hewas kind of an angry miser in his last years. I don't blame him for that, especially considering how sci-fi changed from meaning a fantastical story centering on the crux of a theoretical invention to just anything set in the future with laser guns.

He was one of the last greats of his generation of writers. Asimov passed decades ago, Vonnegut fairly recently. Sad the closest thing to a classic age science fiction writer we still have around is Steven King...

I always dig appreciate how Bradbury wrote in an almost sports column like realness. He avoided flower prose to convey concrete essence. This was probably aimed at a younger reader, and I appreciated it as such, but so many rely on 'fluff' anymore, especially amongst mandatory reading in school, that I deeply appreciated it.

He made a lot of comments that sounded technophobic about the net, cell phones and whatnot, but deep down he wasn't wrong about a lot of that.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2012-06-06 10:07 pm (UTC)
I've never been a big reader, but I read Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man when I was a kid. We read Farenheit 451 in school. Shame to hear about his passing.
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2012-06-07 12:00 am (UTC)
Rachel Bloom will have to find a new author to obsess over.

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-06-07 05:27 am (UTC)
Wow. Oh my, that's amazing and bizarre! I had somehow missed that.

Evidently he got to see it before he died and was rather amused. :)
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