The Humaness of Passing Futures: Three Memories of Ray Bradbury

Posted: June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour. 

Wm Blake

Trailer for “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

On  June 5th 2012   Ray Bradbury – imaginer of the worlds of Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes – passed away.  Here are three Odes to his vision and the touch of the human in his work:

Margaret Atwood on the Optics which was Ray Bradbury

“Bradbury sinks a taproot right down into the deep, dark, Gothic core of America. ……  At its heart is the notion of the doubleness of life: you are not who you are, but have a secret and probably evil twin; more importantly, the neighbours are not who you think they are.”

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Memories of Ray Bradbury

“On Nov. 12, 1971, on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit at Mars, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. In this excerpt, Bradbury reads his poem, “If Only We Had Taller Been”



Neil Gaiman on Bradbury’s machineries of joy

“Ray Bradbury was not ahead of his time. He was perfectly of his time, and more than that: he created his time and left his mark on the time that followed……  He colonised Hallowe’en, just as the Silver Locusts colonised the red deserts and glass towers of Mars. He built it, as he built so much, and made it his.”

Scene from the Martian Chronicles


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