Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A tribute to Ray Bradbury
The first time I read Bradbury, it was in Russian. Since then, I've read him in both Russian and English and have loved all of his stories. I believe his works were my first foray into the darkness of human nature and they influenced me as a young woman, and later a as a writer.
My favorites were the two works that are probably the most known: Fahrenheit 451 and the Martial Chronicles. But I also enjoyed the Illustrated Man and Dandelion Wine, as well as many other stories. Bradbury was a true visionary (as many sci-fi authors turn out to be) into the human nature, the modernization of the human society and the perils that come with it. Within his works, one can find reality shows watched on large screens (decades before they actually became popular in our culture), the decrease (or loss) of simple human face-to-face interaction because of technology (think text messaging, email, skype, etc..) and the ever growing threat of literature giving way to interactive gaming and such. It is a truly scary and dark world when you read these novels and stories - until you realize that so much of what Bradbury wrote about is part of our present.
But beyond these problems and darkness, there is also a sense of great wonder and curiosity in all of Bradbury's work. And a sense of the human indomitable spirit shining through.
This is my little tribute to the great visionary and writer Ray Bradbury. May you rest in peace - your legacy will remain in this world.
Writers, don't forget to check out Ray Bradbury's essays on writing: The Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.
A few of my favorite quotes by Ray Bradbury:
- Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
- I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.
- Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.
When did you first read Ray Bradbury? How did he influence you? What were your favorite works by him?