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Thursday, June 07, 2012

R.I. P. Ray Bradbury




He was the first great writer who ever encouraged me to believe in myself. Met him several times--he guested on my radio show, and at a symposium I taught at U.C.L.A. Was never anything but a gentleman and an inspiration. The last time I saw him I was asked to give a tribute for (I think) his 85th birthday at Universal Sheraton. I spoke of his kindness in reading two of my stories and responding with encouragement, of sitting at dinner with him and Larry Niven, of him believing that I had my best writing days ahead of me. I cried. He was in his wheelchair, suffering from stroke, and we hugged. He wrote me one last time, thanking me for my tribute, saying: "some of your tears are my own."
What a wonderful spirit. I loved him.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It has been immensely gratifying to read the tributes to this singular writer. They have all confirmed and validated the essence of him radiating from the pages of "The Martian Chronicles", a chance discovery by an impressionable twelve-year-old. It was love at first read, and now, tears and bereavement for someone I never met. His passion and sensuality will echo down the generations. Live forever.

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Some guy said...

I never knew him but he was a beautiful writer. I'm not that much on short stories in general, but he wrote a lot of wonderful ones, (like Have I Got a Chocolate Bar For You). I recently quit my 25+ year job, and one of my intentions is to start doing some writing. Taking your suggestion, I'll probably start out with short stories, and rereading some of Bradbury's for inspiration and to see how it's done is a first step. (Well, along with some of Sturgeon's and Who Am I This Time by Vonnegut.)

Lorre Lyons said...

Memories to cherish.

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Anonymous said...

Steve - I am sorry for your loss, our loss - a great mind, and prolific influence. I just wanted you to know, as you said he was the first great writer to encourage you - you are mine. Thank you,
Jen B'roche. Jaxon! Route101, TACFITWarrior