The 22nd is the birth­day of the man, the myth, the leg­end that is Ray Brad­bury. Brad­bury is in my list of Top 5 Favorite Authors EVER. That’s say­ing a lot. My copy of Dan­de­lion Wine is dog-eared and tear stained… in oth­er words, it is very well loved. The man knew how to write, he wrote every sin­gle day.  Through­out his life, he tried to write at least 1,000 words a day. “Write a short sto­ry every week. It’s not pos­si­ble to write 52 bad short sto­ries in a row.” How true.


You prob­a­bly best know Ray Brad­bury for his dystopi­an nov­el Fahren­heit 451 and for his sci­ence fic­tion nov­el The Mar­tian Chron­i­cles. But did you know that in addi­tion to his many nov­els (The Illus­trat­ed Man, Dan­de­lion Wine, Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes, etc.) he also wrote many, MANY short sto­ries? His short sto­ry col­lec­tions are some­thing to behold. While I enjoy his nov­els to no end, I do prefer his short sto­ries. I have yet to come across anoth­er writer who touch­es my heart the way Brad­bury does. His writ­ing is pret­ty tran­scen­dent and extra­or­di­nary. “Hold sum­mer in your hand, pour sum­mer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the small­est tin­gling sip for chil­dren; change the sea­son in your veins by rais­ing glass to lip and tilt­ing sum­mer in.” Some­thing so sim­ple, yet so pow­er­ful.


I hear you, Ray. I hear you.

Much of his work has been adapt­ed for comics, radio, the­atre, tv, and film. A hand­ful of his short sto­ries were adapt­ed into episodes of The Twi­light Zone (I Sing the Body Elec­tric is a per­son­al favorite), and there was even a tele­vi­sion series host­ed by Ray called The Ray Brad­bury The­ater. Fahren­heit 451 and The Won­der­ful Ice Cream Suit have been made into movies. The movie The But­ter­fly Effect takes inspi­ra­tion from Bradbury’s A Sound of Thun­der. There was some con­tro­ver­sy a few years back with Michael Moore. Ray was NOT hap­py that Michael appro­pri­at­ed Bradbury’s title for Moore’s Fahren­heit 9/11. Ray also has many lit­er­ary awards and even has a moon crater and an aster­oid named in his hon­or. That’s pret­ty freak­ing spec­tac­u­lar.

There is one quote of Ray Bradbury’s that I love most of all, and that I think says a lot about the man. “I have nev­er lis­tened to any­one who crit­i­cized my taste in space trav­el, sideshows, or goril­las. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.” Words to live by, my friend. Words to live by.

Hap­py Birth­day, Ray, you won­der­ful, mag­nif­i­cent man.



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