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Ray Bradbury dies

 
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Ray Bradbury dies Reply with quote

Aw!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18345350
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew up on sci-fi and Bradbury featured prominently on my bookshelf. Sad loss.

I think a nice gesture would be to name something on Mars after Ray when the currently en-route NASA craft touches down in August.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Guy,

He was an amazing writer. Heck, they ought to rename the whole damn planet (.i.e. Mars) after him Very Happy

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John
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that he refused to use planes to get around. And did not have a car. Can anyone (JohnSlat ?) confirm that ?


May his memory be eternal !
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He refused to let his books be published in e-format for a long time, calling the Internet a thing in the air that wasn't real. He relented finally on that issue on a book contract.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From an interview with Playboy, about 15 years ago:

"P: That's easy for you to say; you have never driven a car.

B: Not a day in my life.

P: Why not?

B: When I was 16, I saw six people die horribly in an accident. I walked home holding on to walls and trees. It took me months to being to function again. So I don't drive. But whether I drive or not is irrelevant. The automobile is the most dangerous weapon in our society - cars kill more than wars do. More than 50,000 people will die this year because of them and nobody seems to notice.

P: Until recently, you were the futurist afraid to fly in airplanes, never mind spaceships. What was it that cured your phobia?

B: A car breaking down in so many small Southern towns and the chauffeur taking three miserable days just to get through Florida. After the second tire blew, I got the word. In a loud and clear voice from the heavens above I heard the message: Fly, dummy, fly! [Laughs] I was afraid for 40 years that I'd run around the plane yelling, "Stop! Let me off!" But I fly all the time now. I just sit back relaxed, occasionally peep out the window and peruse the magazines."

http://www.raybradbury.com/articles_playboy.html

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John
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ach! I knew today had bad vibes, now I know why.

Bradbury's influence was immense.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-18345158

Faherenheit 451. A great warning against the Capitalist Piggies' plot to turn us into more helpless slaves than we are already today. But these days it isn't about actually burning books. Too obviously Germanic. No, it's more insidious than that. Get the masses to buy E-readers! Nobody will have a physical manuscript in the future - all texts will be in the Cloud. Easily manipulated or deleted. Penmanship? Lose that by getting people totally dependent on keyboards - which can be turned off at will by the Piggie police.

Talk about buying your own chains for the benefit of your gaoler!
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Captain_Fil



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only read one of his books, "The Martian Chronicles" (back in junior high).

I only saw one of his movies, "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (at a theatre in Chicago in 1983).

I only saw him once in person (at a bookstore in Concord, California).

Now I want to read more of his books and watch more of his movies.

RIP, Ray Bradbury.

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scot47



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted this news on another forum

www.mybulgaria.info

and got this reponse

''Who was he? Did he have a username on here?'

You see Fahrenheit 451 had more than a grain of truth in it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scot47, you are making me weep here. Need to drown my sorrows in dandelion vodka...
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."

Ray Bradbury


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John
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It worked. They have stopped reading books.
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