Happy 90th Birthday, Ray Bradbury

Happy 90th Birthday, Ray Bradbury

dandelion-wineI’m not sure that I would characterize Ray Bradbury as the greatest sci-fi writer in history, but he is surely one of the very best.  I do think, however, that Dandelion Wine may be the great American novel for which the literati have searched for in vain.  Ray Bradbury has merited many tributes, but I’d like to imagine that the recently produced musical homage to his talent will make him laugh harder and longer than any other.   One hopes his heart will stand the strain.  Given its unprintable title and enthusiastically Nabokovian theme, I won’t link the video here, but I’m sure the sufficiently curious will have no trouble finding it. 

I couldn’t help but be amused by noticing that the paperback edition of The Illustrated Man that appeared in it was the same as the one sitting on the shelf right next to me.  Anyhow, in the extremely unlikely chance that some of the younger readers here haven’t gotten around to reading any Bradbury yet, it’s really something that any fan of adventure fantasy will find worth reading.  Even in the literary ghetto of SF/F, there are some classics that remain timeless.

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