Ray Bradbury dies at 91

Ray Bradbury, the well known American fantasy writer passed away Wednesday morning after battling a long illness. Many of his novels have been adapted into movies and television series. His most famous work till date is Fahrenheit 541 – a dystopian novel set in the future where books are outlawed.

He not only wrote fantasy but horror, science fiction, mystery and speculative fiction. He has written over 50 books and a few hundred short stories. The volume of his work has been said to have surprised even him. In an interview he said, when he is unable to sleep at night, he would go to his library and pick one of his books. He would read a paragraph and wonder if he had written it.

In the 70 years of his writing career, he has inspired countless number of people to read and write and dream.  He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination, he is immortal” said Steven Spielberg.

The ironic thing about Bradbury was that, for a man who spent so much of his time speculating the future and the developments of technology, he wasn’t very enthusiastic about them when they arrived.  He never approved of e-books and insisted that people read old-fashioned books. He refused to release his books on the internet on the e-book format. Only Fahrenheit 451 was released as a part of another deal.  He once said ““I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”

When asked about why he does not like e-books, he replied “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”

A true visionary, who refused to adapt to the changing world.

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