Ray Bradbury In Memoriam

The news is breaking that Ray Bradbury passed away this morning. It is poignant that Bradbury had a short article published in The New Yorker just days before his death today, June 6th, 2012, at the age of 91, which bore the title “Take Me Home.” The article is about the inspiration for one of my favorite Bradbury stories, “The Fire Balloons,” which appeared in some editions of The Illustrated Man and of The Martian Chronicles. It explores the intersection of religion and science fiction, as a priest from Earth seeks to evangelize alien entities on Mars, only to discover that he has things to learn from them.

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  • Cheryl_H

    R is for Rocket, S is for Space. Thanks for the childhood memories that shaped my life Ray.  Hope you’re enjoying life in the spiritual realms now!

  • ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS
    EXCEPT EUROPA.
    ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.
    USE THEM TOGETHER.
    USE THEM IN PEACE.

    • “2010: The Year We Make Contact”  (1984) is a film that I really like.  It has many weaknesses in dialogue and science fact, but it conveys this simple theme:  We can start a war that will end our existence on earth, just as new life (the Star Child), is being born on Europa.  Is it alien life, or is it the next permutation or generation of mankind?   Arthur C. Clarke wrote this story, but I think that Ray Bradbury would send a message of hope from where he is right now, just like this one from the movie.   “All these worlds…use them in peace.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_%28film%29