A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury in 1975. Photo courtesy of Alan Light and Wikipedia

One could hardly have a blog about creating without honoring the passing of a visionary like Ray Bradbury, who led us all to dream.

At a young age, he would go roller skating through Hollywood in hopes of catching a glimpse at a star and dream of becoming a celebrity himself.

With no other formal education beyond high school, Ray Bradbury began to write short stories in magazines, move on to novels, movie scripts and sparked a nation’s imagination.

With over 500 written works, he is considered a master of storytelling with an exceptional flair for mixing science fiction with political and social undertones.

Last Tuesday at the ripe young age of 91, Ray Bradbury passed away. But his memory and vision will live on within the hearts of his fans.

Some of his most-beloved works include:  The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

He received over 20 awards in his lifetime, including the 2004 National Medal of Arts, The World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, an Emmy for his teleplay The Halloween Tree, The Grand Master Nebula Award, and many more.

In a 1997 interview with The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Ray mentions his passion for space exploration as a way for mankind to live forever.

He achieved the celebrity stardom he so long ago dreamed of and whatever star, planet or solar system Ray is visiting now, I’m sure he is doing it with enthusiasm.

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