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    “I don't write science fiction,” said Ray Bradbury(1920-2012) in one of his many interviews. “I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451; it’s based on reality,” he continued. The book was given this name because 451 degrees is the temperature at which paper burns. Bradbury started writing in 1937 at the start of a Plan I have been associated with for nearly 60 years.1 He was 13 and he wrote every day for the rest of his life: until the day before yesterday, 5 June 2012.2 For Bradbury science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. –Ron Price with thanks to 1Wikipedia, 7 June 2012: the Baha’i teaching plan, and 2 Bradbury chose a burial place at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles with a headstone that reads "Author of Fahrenheit 451".

    You brought sci-fi into the mainstream
    by writing lyrically & evocatively about
    the lands of the imagination,1 but my life
    of reading took me in different directions.

    Your mind was ignited by reading-fever at
    the age of 8; my fevers were of the body in
    sport, playing, fun and games. It would be
    years before my mind was ignited: my late
    teens and twenties turned my imagination
    loose, but not in the direction of sci-fi…..

    Mine was the slow working, by sensible and
    insensible degrees, of my intellect in the wide
    fields of the social sciences and humanities. As
    the years went on the biological, & the physical-
    applied sciences kept my mind on heat…...We
    occupied such different landscapes you and I,
    Ray. I wish you well now that you occupy that
    land of the undiscovered country from which no
    man returns, a whole new world for you & your
    imagination, Ray. Go to it with that same fever!!

    1 Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world. Gerald Jonas, "Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91," The New York Times, 6 June 2012.

    Ron Price
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    A sad day and a voice that will be missed.


    Not all who wander are lost... Some of us just misplaced our destination.

    I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist.
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    Another legend of Science Fiction passes into history.
    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

    Bertrand Russell
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    Thanks folks, for your responses...it's been some time since I was last at this thread.-Ron
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    Interesting you mention him; very recently in my literature course we had an extensive discussion on Bradbury's themes throughout his works.
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