On Wednesday the book world received news of the passing of a master. Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died in Los Angeles, at the age of 91.
I had the honor to meet Ray at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference where, despite age and health challenges, he continued to be an inspirational guest speaker. From the podium he urged us to write because we loved to, to let nothing but our imagination limit us and to dream big.
Here is Ray in a 2-minute clip from then.
In the introduction to The Illustrated Man, entitled “Dancing, So As Not to Be Dead,” there is a poignant line about death.
“My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M. So as not to be dead.”
I’m sure they have a keyboard and screen waiting for you in heaven, Ray. Keep on writing … here on earth, your work will never die.
Ray Bradbury R.I.P 2012
Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He has written two fantasy novels and the first reached the Quarter Finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as of March 2012. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (@elfwriter).