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Dave Clow
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We've all lost a pioneering space voyager today: Ray Bradbury, author of "The Martian Chronicles", "S is for Space", "R is for Rocket," "The Golden Apples of the Sun," and most famously "Fahrenheit 451" is dead at 91.

If it seems somehow inappropriate to memorialize a writer of imaginary space exploration on a board about the real version, consider the inseparability of fantasy and reality in the latter. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells were inspirations to the generation of readers who included rocket engineers and astronauts. Bradbury was one of the circle of visionaries that included Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Walt Disney and Gene Roddenberry; all were relentless enthusiasts and promoters of the US space program, and all were welcomed within the rarefied company of NASA leaders and astronauts as colleagues because, indeed, the most powerful propulsion system ever made is the human imagination, and Ray's was an inexhaustible example of sheer boundless drive.

His books literally went into orbit: he flew in print aboard Skylab and is now in the ISS. He was a favorite on the campuses of JPL and Caltech near his home in Los Angeles, and at libraries and high schools all over Southern California he is remembered as a funny, stern, grandfatherly presence demanding that literature be revered and consumed with relish. His own work, over 500 unforgettable stories, dozens of novels and anthologies, remains standard reading around the world. He wasn't just ours; he was translated into just about every language on the planet, and is a particular favorite in Russia — when a Soviet delegation including Mikhail Gorbachev's family was visiting the United States, they specifically requested a chance to meet Bradbury.

Make no mistake: the first human voyagers to Mars will find his footprints in the red sand at Valles Marineris. The first ones to go, the farthest reachers, are the crazy, fearless poets whose dreams lead the way. I was honored, delighted and humbled to know Ray for 40 years, and while I feel his loss with millions of others today, I know he isn't gone. Once again, he's just leading the way to somewhere new and wonderful.

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One of my favorite authors — I still re-read many of his stories that I have enjoyed since I was a kid.

When Ray was a child, he went to the circus and met Mr. Electrico, one of the side-show performers. Mr. Electrico placed his sword on Ray's shoulder and declared, "Live forever!" ...that declaration has come true; Ray will live forever through his many published works.

Ray once said, "Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down," advice which I have taken with good results on a number of occasions.

Rest in peace, Mr. Bradbury... and, thank you.

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I hope NASA names some thing on Mars after Bradbury. He brought Mars to millions of people in a way no one else could.

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A very sad day. He will be missed by millions.

He was the first SF writer that I read as a child. It was "The Illustrated Man," excellent book.

Dave Clow
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I neglected to mention that the Apollo 15 crew named a small crater in the Marsh of Decay "Dandelion" after Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine."

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I've been dreading this day for years. I can't put into words how much Ray Bradbury influenced me. I was fortunate to have met him a few times over the years and he was always the nicest, friendliest fellow.

I treasure my copies of his books that he signed, along with those that he did not sign. I have several versions of "The Martian Chronicles" just because I like the different cover artwork.

Bradbury, along with Heinlein, Clarke, and Asimov were the giants of SF when I was growing up. Now they're all gone and that is so depressing and it makes me feel old.

Ray Bradbury was a national treasure.

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I would say an international treasure. The world is a poorer place today.

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Not only was he a writer touched by genius but he also came across as a very interesting, decent man.

RIP Mr. Bradbury.

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Originally posted by Dave Clow:
Make no mistake: the first human voyagers to Mars will find his footprints in the red sand at Valles Marineris. The first ones to go, the farthest reachers, are the crazy, fearless poets whose dreams lead the way... Once again, he's just leading the way to somewhere new and wonderful.
Dave, what an eloquent post.

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Thank you for sharing your visons with us Mr. Bradbury. Godspeed you on your own journey. R.I.P

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BIG.

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I never "did" science fiction, when it came to reading books as a kid or young adult, but you always knew the name Ray Bradbury!

I got a particular kick from a local news anchor, who said one of his most memorable books was Fahrenheit 4-5-1. Just thinking about it... four-five-one!

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RIP

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Originally posted by Fezman92:
I hope NASA names some thing on Mars after Bradbury.
I can't second this strongly enough.
Today we have touched Mars. There is life on Mars, and it is us — extensions of our eyes in all directions, extensions of our mind, extensions of our heart and soul have touched Mars today. That's the message to look for there: We are on Mars. We are the Martians now!

— Ray Bradbury, speaking at JPL, 8 October 1976

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