Wednesday, June 6, 2012

World Watch: Remembering Ray Bradbury

Prolific science fiction author Ray Bradbury died on Tuesday night at the age of 91.

He is best known for his novels "Fahrenheit 451" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and his many literary works have been adapted for movies and television shows. (Famed French auteur Francois Truffaut directed the 1966 film version of "Fahrenheit 451", for example).

Bradbury received widespread criticial acclaim for his texts and received numerous honors including the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a National Book Foundation medal, and even an Emmy.

In an essay published days ago in "The New Yorker", Bradbury described how he became inspired to write fiction. "I memorized all of John Carter and Tarzan, and sat on my grandparents' front lawn repeating the stories to anyone who would sit and listen. I would go out to that lawn on summer nights and reach up to the red light of Mars and say, 'Take me home!'"

The following is a moving and beautifully made animated sequence from "The Picasso Summer", a 1969 film adapted from a Bradbury story:

Online Sources - The New Yorker, BBC News

Video Source - YouTube via vilignal


Senor Pescador said...

great author, read all his works as a kid, 50's 60's and of course all of Edgar Rice Burroughs neat vid

Media Mentions said...

For anyone who doesn’t, here’s what you absolutely must know about Ray Bradbury ( May be rest in peace.