(above) Cover of Planet Stories, spring, 1949 edition Photograph: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
io9.com has got one of the most beautiful obituaries in tribute to a writer that may ever exist, written to American Science Fiction genius Ray Bradbury who has just passed away, at 91, author of Dandelion Wine; The Martian Chronicles; The Illustrated Man; Fahrenheit 451;screenplay and script writer.
The author is Kip Russell, (worth looking up just for that adventure) and his stunning words say it all.
Except for leaving out that I loved him too, and learned from Ray Bradbury, the finest proponent of ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, a national treasure for America. I’m making sure to copy it here especially for Billy Boy, and for all the grownups of today whose childhood imaginations launched them into the thrill of exquisite tomorrow.
This, from Kip Russell…….
“Somewhere in America, a boy tap-dances on a tuned segment of discarded wooden sidewalk, calling his friends to run over the hills by moonlight…
Out on the Veldt, the animals pause for a moment, as though something unseen had passed through their midst…
Somewhere on Mars, a new silver fire is burning to welcome him…
By the river, a Book stops it’s recitation for the day, to remember a fine man who wrote such fine, fine things.
Thanks be, for Ray Bradbury, who taught me that there could be poetry in prose.”