Thursday, 7 June 2012

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

There is something incredibly profound about pioneer of Sci-Fi watching pioneers of space travel.

Bradbury is a consensus pick as one of the top ten Sci-Fi writers of all time. He is also the author of one of the five seminal novels that created Sci-Fi. 20,000 Leagues under the sea, War of Worlds, 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 are the foundation of speculative fiction. Only HG Wells and Bradbury share the honour of greatest books and greatest author.

In grade 4 I read S is for Space and R is for Rocket. My world changed forever.  After that almost any book, or any TV/Movie that was Sci Fi I would try. I questioned the status quo, and became pretty convinced what was taught at Sunday School and what was written by Ray Bradbury were both very similar.

Bradbury is no longer one of my top favorite authors, but certainly my most important. We have lost another giant from a time when giants really were awesome.