Monday, June 18, 2012

Live forever, Ray

Ray Bradbury died a hero to so many writers. Readers, too, but I imagine writers felt the impact of his loss a little more deeply.

I found an old Writers Almanac entry providing a little about Ray's childhood, and thought you might find it as fascinating as I did.

When Ray was 12, a traveling carnival came to town, and he met a magician named Mr. Electrico, who believed young Ray was the reincarnation of a friend who had died in his arms in World War I. Later, at the show, Mr. Electrico touched people in the front row with his electrically charged sword, making their hair stand on end. "When he came to me, he touched me on the brow, and on the nose, and on the chin, and he said to me, in a whisper, 'Live forever.' And I decided to." 

Without a doubt, he will.

Here's a great clip of Ray speaking to writers:



6 comments:

Jeremy Bates said...

Cool story. Yes, he will be missed. Sorry, the video was much too long for me at the moment but I did download it for another time.

Cate Masters said...

I love that story too. The video is long, but worthwhile.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

His words are immortal now.

Cate Masters said...

Isn't that cool? And so are ours. :)

Hywela Lyn said...

I loved Ray Bradbury. 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' was one of the first fantasy/sf stories I ever read, and I loved 'The Martian Chronicles.'

He certainly will live for ever, through his books.

Cate Masters said...

I'm glad he left such an extensive legacy. Thanks Lyn.