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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Like building your own wings

“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world, you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.” – Ray Bradbury

One of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American genre writers, Bradbury won numerous awards for his science fiction, including a 2007 Pulitizer Citation.  He also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space.  Many of his works were adapted to comic book, television and film formats.   
And, of course, he wrote the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 
and the series The Martian Chronicles. On his death in 2012,  
The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible 
for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."

One of our country’s strongest advocates for the public library system, he once noted that he spent three days a week for 10 years educating himself in the public library, “And it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.”

As for his willingness to tackle new writing ideas and projects, he said he enjoyed the risk. “Living at risk,” he said,  “is like jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.”


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