Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future”

-Ray Bradbury

SF author Ray Bradbury has died at the age of 91.  He was known for such works as Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles as well as many short stories. Bradbury was a great supporter of libraries telling the New York Times in 2009 that "Libraries raised me. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years."

Fahrenheit 451: thetemperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns
   Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published over 50 years ago.

  The Illustrated Man
     The Illustrated Man presents 18 startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin.

 The Martian Chronicles
     The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the Earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

 Something Wicked This Way Comes
     The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early.  And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. 

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
     Spanning six decades of his astonishing career, here is a retrospective collection of 100 magnificent stories that confirms this literary genius's status as a master of short fiction.


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