Monday, August 31, 2009

On The Shoulders of Giants: Part Two

Somewhere in junior high...  

I was probably reading the incredible short story "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury, when I had a major light bulb moment: 

Someone sat down and wrote this.

Mr. Bradbury taught me that it wasn't enough to daydream about all the great stories I had rattling around in my head.  You had to put the words on paper.  And then you had to write another story.  And another. And another...

The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451.  These are perfect works.  The writing stands the test of time because beyond the spaceships and midnight carnivals, Bradbury's stories were always about the power and failings of humanity.

So this week we honor a true founding father of the strange and fantastic -- Ray Bradbury.

1 comment:

David Anaxagoras said...

Have you been to any of Ray's recent plays? Ray himself often attends and loves to meet his fans. They're currently doing the Wonderful Ice Cream Suit at the Fremont Center Theater in South Pass.