Rest In Peace: Ray Bradbury Passes Away At 91


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 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.

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  • Jay

    Bradbury was an excellent author. In addition to his many novels and short stories, he scripted John Huston’s 1956 movie adaptation of Moby Dick. He and his best friend, the late, much-lamented Leigh Brackett, and Edgar Rice Rice Burroughs, from whom both received their inspiration to write, were among my favorites. Bradbury now joins the other two, as Bradbury himself put it in his introduction to ERB’s biography, to “go away…[a]nd never come back…[a]nd so live forever.”

  • NDSiouxFan

    I am with you on this one, Rob. I loved his books. He was one of the great authors of all time.

  • SigFan

    Way, way back in jr. high school I read The Illustrated Man and was made a forever fan of Bradbury and science fiction.  Always amazes me how someone you’ve never met in life can have such a profound impact on you.  RIP Mr. Bradbury – may you awake from your Chrysalis to a better place.

    • borborygmi

      Chrysalis was a great short story

  • borborygmi

    RIP Mr. Bradbury.  Your books grace my shelves. Farenheit 451  and the Martian Chronicles. 

  • Enigma_Cypher

    I first read his story “Frost and Fire” when I was 12. What drew me in was the eerie story and psuedo-biblical undertones. Since then I’ve read most of his works. This is a sad day.