Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury circa 1973

Ray Douglas Bradbury (and the Douglas was used in a lot of stories…) was born on August 22nd, 1920.

Bradbury was a science fiction writer…but that’s to categorize him unfairly, and far too narrowly. Even to call him a fantasy, horror or mystery writer, is to do the man injustice.

Quite simply he was an artist.

Best known for novels like Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury also wrote a myriad of short stories. For one of us Rag Tag Magpies he was one of the most influential (and ‘homaged/ ripped off’ (depending on your take on it) of our young writing career).

And he also had some great art work for his pieces- just look at this range from a simple google search to see how many variation there are of these: Bradbury didn’t just inspire readers/ would be writers, he was the writer that every illustrator wanted to work on.

But my favourite? The Film poster I have sitting downstairs for the slightly disappointing Disney version of ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes

The image above doesn’t feature the liverage of the movie, with the wonderful line:

Don’t whisper your dreams…Someone may be listening…

When he died at the bucket of win age of 91, as spry and active until the end, The New York Times claimed he was “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream”.

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