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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Farewell to the King of Mars

Ah, weird title I'm assuming? How many people think they know what I'm talking about?

Well, let me explain.

Ray Bradbury.

Still lost?

Well then, my friend, you need one of his books, on the double!

Ray Bradbury is probably one of the most influential, if not the most influential, science fiction writers of the twentieth century. And to tell you the truth, he is just plain awesome.

But unfortunately, last Tuesday, he died. But he left behind a legacy that all writers dream of.

There are those people who have great ideas, but just ruin it with their writing. Ray Bradbury made those great ideas come to life.

He was, to put it simply, a genius when it came to the written word.

He wrote so many amazing short stories, whether it be The Martian Chronicles, or The Veldt, or The Smile. All Summer in a Day was pretty amazing, too. (Not to mention his novel, Fahrenheit 451, about burning books!)  But in each and every one of his stories, we were placed in some sort of amazing world, an amazing place where what seems unreal is real. And it doesn't sound far-fetched either.

He brought about so many great ideas, so many amazing paradoxes and theories, we can't help but be in awe. If you asked me to choose a favorite, I wouldn't be able to. He's written about everything, from the butterfly effect (A Sound of Thunder) to strange societies where people only watch television the moment they arrive home (The Pedestrian).

Science Fiction wouldn't be half the genre it is today, without him.

So here's a final farewell to the King of Mars; the writer who brought the most far-fetched stories, the most out of this world stories, back to Earth.

Ray Bradbury. 1920-2012. Rest in Peace (or on Mars, if you wish).

~ Banana Win