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« on: June 06, 2012, 01:27:50 pm »
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http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ray-bradbury-20120607,0,5622415.story

As influenced by George Bernard Shaw and William Shakespeare as he was by Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Bradbury was an expert of the taut tale, the last-sentence twist. And he was more celebrated for short fiction than his longer works.

"It's telling that we read Bradbury for his short stories," said Benford. "They are glimpses. The most important thing about writers is how they exist in our memories. Having read Bradbury is like having seen a striking glimpse out of a car window and then being whisked away."

An example is from 1957's "Dandelion Wine":

"The sidewalks were haunted by dust ghosts all night as the furnace wind summoned them up, swung them about and gentled them down in a warm spice on the lawns. Trees, shaken by the footsteps of late-night strollers, sifted avalanches of dust. From midnight on, it seemed a volcano beyond the town was showering red-hot ashes everywhere, crusting slumberless night watchman and irritable dogs. Each house was a yellow attic smoldering with spontaneous combustion at three in the morning."
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 04:00:40 pm »
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R.I.P.

Just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 a few weeks ago. Sad
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 04:36:46 pm »
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The last of my childhood ABC's to pass. Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 05:28:37 pm »
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Thank you, Mr Bradbury, for sharing your wondrous imagination and great artistry with us humans.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012, 05:32:24 pm »
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He had a full life, but still sad that one of the truly great story tellers are no longer with us.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2012, 06:29:11 pm »
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I had a drink in his honor tonight. He gave us so much.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 09:05:45 pm »
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Fahrenheit 451

Ah, I knew I recognized the name!  RIP
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2012, 04:01:39 am »
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RIP

I have Fahrenheit at home, so I will probably read it once again. It's a short book anyway.
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2012, 07:39:10 am »
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I was more a fan of the Martian Chronicles. His short fiction had a number of great plot twists, and if you go back and read the Chronicles you get a sense of the fear and foreboding of nuclear war at the dawn of the nuclear age.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 08:34:48 am »
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Sad news. I read Farenheit 451 years ago. I think it`s still at home.
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2012, 11:06:34 pm »
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Late, but RIP Sad
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2012, 10:52:48 am »
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his worls i like are the martian chronicles and farenheit.
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