R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

When you say Ray Bradbury the memory of another Golden Age comes back to haunt. One that has just ended when his last legend died. I know, I know, Jack Vance is still alive. And so are others, like James Gunn, but they are familiar faces only to the fans of Science Fiction, whereas Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Dick are familiar to everybody, through their books and movies. Today everybody knows about Asimov’s Foundation or I, Robot, Clarke’s and Kubrick’s Space Odyssey, Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, Dick’s Blade Runner, Minority Report or Total Recall or Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles or Fahrenheit 451. They are just part of our world now. If anything, each of these masters predicted some facets of our future. Clarke made lots of predictions about the Space Colonies, Space Flight and Space Elevator. Asimov predicted social networks, created robotics out of nothing and wrote some of the most beautiful space opera about the rise and fall of Galactic Empires. Heinlein predicted the current industrial-military complex that has grown in United States. Dick, was maybe the only one interested in the human facets of the problems, and his works are mostly philosophical in nature, but no less important, because in today’s networked world, identity and privacy are extremely important. As for Bradbury, it’s not just the Martian colonization that we should thank him for, but also for his warnings related to the world without books. His fantasy works inspired an entire generation of writers, from Stephen King to Neil Gaiman. Thank you, Mr. Bradbury! Golden Age ends here. The first one at least.
Ray Bradbury with George and Laura Bush

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