Brad Birzer on the Great Ray Bradbury

I have loved that man’s work ever since I first encountered it in high school and the fact that Brad Birzer loves him just makes me love Brad Birzer too.

He was indeed a great poet. All I have to do is pick up The Martian Chronicles and I am instantly taken back again to that beautiful, terrible, melancholy world of wonder. I wish I could write like he did.

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  • ivan_the_mad

    Wonderful, Dr. Birzer! The first thing I ever read of Bradbury’s was “There Will Come Soft Rains”, and it was followed not long after by The Martian Chronicles. Imagine my joy when I learned of Bradbury and Kirk’s friendship, of which you may find quotes by each concerning the other here and here. That last link quotes from Kirk’s book Enemies of the Permanent Things, in which Kirk forever shattered my conceit that environmental concerns were the irrational obsession of the Left:

    “Life and technology are what we make of them, and the failure of man to live in harmony with nature is the failure of moral imagination.”

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    Bradbury wrote the most beautiful prose. I never tire of reading him.

  • KM

    Martian Chronicles is one of my favorite of his books. Very haunting and sad.

  • KM

    Another Bradbury favorite is his collection of stories in “The Illustrated Man.” The story “Kaleidoscope” where an astronaut is falling to earth and eventually becomes a shooting star to a child is heart-wrenching. Later when I saw the movie “Gravity” I thought of this Bradbury story.

  • Rob B.

    Bradbury’s *Fahrenheit 451* is eerily prophetic, I think.

  • Bobby Trosclair

    Although not a Catholic, Bradbury frequently used sympathetically-portrayed priests as characters, in stories like “Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned” and “The Messiah.”

    He also wrote the (uncredited) narration for the film KING OF KINGS, which was delivered by (also uncredited) Orson Welles.

    His fascination with the person Christ came out in his poems like “Christus Apollo” and his influential 1949 short story “The Man,” or “The Dog in the Red Bandana,” that he published late in life as an on-line story:

    There have been quite a few Catholic SF writers over the years, from Cyrano de Bergerac (arguably among the first SF writers for his story of a trip to the moon), to Jules Verne, R.A, Lafferty, Murray Leinster, Gene Wolfe, Tim Powers, Dean Koonz, Fr. Robert Hugh Benson, Sister Mary Catherine, Karel Capek, Michael Flynn, Fr. Andrew Greeley, Walter M. Miller, Anthony Burgess, Anthony Boucher, Michael O’Brien, Jerry Pournelle, Walker Percy, Fred Saberhagen…