I am very sad to hear Ray Bradbury has died at 91. Ray has had great impact and significance for me since grade school. I have continued to read and reread his work throughout my life. I’ve seen movies, TV shows, and plays based on his work. I’ve read comics based on his stories. I’ve been to his book signings and seen him give talks. Any brush with Ray or his work made me appreciate life just a little more and love Ray just a little more. His influence spreads throughout the art and entertainment world, and countless people must feel the same way I do.
So many of his stories are undeniably classics. He could take the reader anywhere his mind wanted you to go with imagery and feelings that never left your head. His science fiction was genre-defining. His fantasy was heartfelt and unique. Some favorites that come to mind are the Martian Chronicles, October Country, Quicker Than the Eye, R is for Rocket, Long After Midnight, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked this Way Comes. It’s sad to think that Ray is gone, but we should all be happy and thankful that he was here to give us a lifetime of wonderful and memorable tales, visions and metaphors.