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21 July 2014 @ 06:05 pm
Ray Bradbury R.I.P.  
Ray Bradbury came up in an sff.net conversation.  I added a couple of paragraphs --

"All Summer in a Day" was a great story.  Ray wrote a lot of stories that didn't do much for me, but a couple of dozen were wonderful, unique, not replaceable.  Guess I read him first in junior high, where he flat changed my life.  I became a science fiction writer anyhow.

Never knew him as well as I would've liked to.  He famously never left California, and I'm kind of a Right Coast guy.  But the few times we did hang around together were more than fun.  He loved telling jokes and stories, and I think he liked an audience of other writers best.

joe_haldemanjoe_haldeman on July 22nd, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
amendment to Ray Bradbury
Ray did fly later in life -- huge selective-memory attack. I was with him in Colorado when
we both spoke at the Air Force academy. He didn't walk there!

I guess the notion of Ray never leaving LA is an early fannish trope based on
his unwillingness to fly, back in the twentieth century.