Meredith Bronwen Mallory (garnettrees) wrote,
Meredith Bronwen Mallory

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Departures For the October Country

Just heard this afternoon at work that Ray Bradbury died yesterday, at the age of 91. The most I can find says he perished after a "long illness". I hope he didn't suffer too much; I know 91 is a long life, but it still feels like a punch in the gut. The Martian Chronicles was the first 'adult' book I ever picked out for myself. "The Long Years" haunted me, and it still gives me goosebumps today. Something Wicked This Way Comes introduced me to supernatural horror; "Pillar of Fire", so marvelously morbid, led me to investigate Lovecraft and Poe. The October Country is, hands down, one of my favorite anthologies. The list goes on and on.

I know I'm only one of hundred of thousands of people for whom Bradbury played a vital part in the construction of their childhood.

Go with G-d, Mr. Bradbury. Mars is heaven.
Tags: literature, personal, sci-fi

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