A Wicked Talent Gone For Good

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A Wicked Talent Gone For Good

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes book coverIf you are now or have ever been a Trekkie, a Boomer, or a Gearhead, chances are that you have been touched by the work of Ray Bradbury.  While his contemporary Isaac Asimov is seen as a visionary, Bradbury is often overlooked.  However, it is the cinematic style and clear prose exhibited in his best work, including The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes, the riveting Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine and The Martian Chronicles that has influenced the likes of Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg and Rod Serling. 

In turn, small and silver screen gems like Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Star Wars, E.T. and Stargate have sparked to life the imagination of generations of viewers and inspired a generation of scientists.  As a result, most of us have seen in our science fiction become science fact in our lifetimes. 

In this way, his gentle genius has already guaranteed his immortality.   In his own right, words from his pen have become the classic science fiction that lives on today's movie and television screens, in international classrooms, and on two planets of the Milky Way.

Visit the Popular Library to find these works and more in print, audio, on film and as e-books.

Vintage UCLA photo of Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
August 22, 1920-June 6, 2012