Rest In Peace: Ray Bradbury Passes Away At 91

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I’m saddened, this morning, to learn of the passing of one of my favorite authors. Ray Bradbury, a giant in the world of not just science fiction but literature in general, has passed away. He was 91.

Farenheit 451 was the first book I ever read that had a political message, and influenced my position on issues of censorship. Something Wicked This Way Comes has always been a favorite of mine, but I thought Bradbury was at his best when writing short stories.

The Veldt terrified me when I was a child, and I suspect given the story’s themes about technological obsession, it continues to terrify in this Facebook/Twitter/gadget obsessed society.

The night stand next to my bed in my parent’s home always had a Bradbury book on it, I think. If not one of his novels a collection of his short stories.

Perhaps it’s selfish to write of his death in terms of myself, but his passing makes me feel old. I came into adulthood with, in the back of my mind, an expectation that Mr. Bradbury was always working on something new for me to read. That’s not true any more.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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