NSFW tribute to Ray Bradbury

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  1. mccrum says:

    Oh, as a side note to everyone very concerned about this song’s definition of Bradbury as a sci-fi writer: not a single member of The Beatles is actually a walrus, despite what they might say. It’s just a song. Same for the eggman.

  2. nickodemus says:

    I totally love how the play button is over her mouth. XD

  3. Xopher says:

    Card always has his gay characters commit suicide or otherwise die horribly (I haven’t read anything by him since Songmaster, which is when I finally got sick of his evil bullshit). His homophobic scumbagness is consistent in both his writing life and Mormonic life. I don’t know if he’s a closet case or not, but he’s certainly a deeply rotten human being, and I have no sympathy for him.

    Don’t buy his books. If you must read them, check them out of a library, borrow them from a friend, or buy them used (this also keeps money out of OSC’s hands.

    I hope he lives a long, long life in terrible loneliness, never telling his own truth to anyone, and dies alone and despairing. And I’d also hope he’s Cast Into The Outer Darkness Where There Will Be Wailing And Gnashing Of Teeth, except I don’t believe in that. He does, though, so I hope he reads this, the dirty piece of shit.

  4. Thad E Ginataom says:

    Superb and brilliant and wonderful and

    …if I had any musical skill, and if the lady was still alive, my song would be wooing Muriel Spark.

  5. squidfood says:

    Luddite or not, last time I saw him speak (maybe 10-15 years ago), he totally took his time during the signing flirting with my ex-GF; charming as heck, but definitely a bit of the dirty-old-man vibe going there.

  6. invictus says:

    So it’s “F* Me, Ray Bradbury” in the link, but “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” is plainly visible as the title of the embedded video.

    Pointless self-censorship for the win!

  7. tyger11 says:

    He had some truly great works, it’s true, but ‘the’ greatest? I just don’t see it. It seems to be Philip K. Dick has probably the longest-lasting impact on storytelling, and Heinlein has had the strongest impact on sci-fi writers.

  8. Trotsky says:

    Bewbs.

    Who’s Ray Bradbury?

  9. michael holloway says:

    “ENJOYED”

  10. ackpht says:

    Glad to hear Mr. Bradbury enjoyed the video.

    If your favorite author is really better than Ray Bradbury, please post a link to the video of people singing “f*ck me, (name of your favorite author)” here. We’d love to see it.

  11. hassenpfeffer says:

    What Tyger said. PKD FTW. I don’t even know that most of Bradbury’s work can truly be classified as SF–more like melancholy prose poems that happen to occur in the future. (F451 would be the exception, not the rule.)

    “The Simpsons: Lisa’s Substitute (#2.19)” (1991)
    Martin Prince: As your president, I would demand a science-fiction library, featuring an ABC of the genre. Asimov, Bester, Clarke.
    Student: What about Ray Bradbury?
    Martin Prince: I’m aware of his work…

  12. semiotix says:

    I’m aware of his work.

  13. Trotsky says:

    Here are three words: sexy, sexual, sexist.

    They are different.

  14. Trotsky says:

    Sextant is also a word.

    It is not what you think.

    Neither is astrolabe.

  15. Donald Petersen says:

    About the best 90th birthday present a guy could hope for! If someone ever got around to showing it to him, I find it hard to imagine he’d be anything but delighted.

  16. delt664 says:

    Yep, I definitely have a huge nerd-crush on Rachel Bloom now…..

    Why cant I find women like that? I tried the local library, but no luck……

  17. Pres says:

    Oh boy, what a birthday present!

    (he was born August 22, 1920)

  18. Anonymous says:

    EE Doc Smith? AE Van Vogh? Too subtle for modern tastes? Still, The City and The Stars has got to be the best ever…

  19. millrick says:

    been up all night trying to write a song about Cory, but can’t come up with anything that rhymes with Doctorow

    any suggestions?

  20. IckesTheSane says:

    First line of the song reminds me of ‘My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors’ by Moxy Fruvous. Fun little song!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9F_XHb81N0

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wonderfully dumb…I am officially in a great mood for the rest of the day.

  22. Anonymous says:

    F***ing hilarious!!! I don’t know what’s funnier – the video or the “literary criticism” from the dorks who take it so seriously. Love it…

  23. TheFirstMan says:

    His genre classification’s beside the point.

    The man’s an amazing writer with an amazing imagination.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Jesus H. Christ, what I wouldn’t give to have a video like this done for MY books!!! Job incredibly well done!!!

  25. skeletoncityrepeater says:

    Bradbury’s stories range from fantasy to sci-fi, and straight up fiction. For those who weren’t around at the time, a long series of his paperbacks came emblazoned with ‘The Greatest Science Fiction Writer Of All Time’ on the top. Although this may not be true, it sure got a lot of attention. And to those nay-sayers, he is most CERTAINLY a sci-fi writer, sometimes.

    • hassenpfeffer says:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Bradbury:

      “First of all, I don’t write science fiction. I’ve only done one science fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. So Martian Chronicles is not science fiction, it’s fantasy. It couldn’t happen, you see?”

      • Brainspore says:

        Bradbury may not think of himself as a sci-fi writer but he also doesn’t think “Fahrenheit 451″ is about censorship, so he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

        • Anonymous says:

          Insisting that it had nothing to do with government censorship or book banning, Ray Bradbury now insists his book Fahrenheit 451 is warning about the “Internets”, a cautionary tale about the dangers of Net Neutrality taking away all our freedoms. As he is fond of saying, “I write about the future with the intention of preventing it!”

          This is, of course, much different from his original assertion that it was indeed about government censorship and the banning of books and ideas, but he has now changed his mind to fit the new modern discourse of his own personal politics.

      • skeletoncityrepeater says:

        I should have said ‘in my opinion, he writes in many genres including sci-fi’. And I still must insist that although he didn’t like to be placed in the category, his paperbacks were ‘are?’ constantly trumpeting his prowess as a sci-fi writer, whether he wanted it that way or not.

      • greermahoney says:

        Unfortunately, the artist (or in this case, author) doesn’t get to decide that. The public does. When you create art, you release it out into the world to be judged by all. If the world comes back saying the song you wrote was a ballad, does it matter if you say it’s speed metal? Not much.

        That said, I find his writing mostly fantasy, with science fiction-ish locales. And I vote PKD.

  26. Shithead says:

    That

    was awesome.

  27. IWood says:

    There are too many Internets.

  28. Trotsky says:

    Tonight on Cinemax After Hours… Ray Bradbury’s Sextant 3000.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of the Sarah Silverman thing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbDPw7bumfo

    That said, this Ray Bradbury tribute does have a couple of things going for it that are lacking in Silverman’s song (Y)

  30. ackpht says:

    Ray Bradbury is #1.

  31. Trotsky says:

    >> Since the sextant can be used to measure the angle between any two objects, it can be held horizontally to measure the angle between any two landmarks which will allow for calculation of a position on a chart. A sextant can also be used to measure the lunar distance between the moon and another celestial object in order to determine Greenwich time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sextant

    Smoking hot!

  32. Agri says:

    Hah, reminds me of a similarly themed ode to Jean-Luc Picard by Sexy Finger Champs, titled… you guessed it “Jean-Luc Picard”. Sadly that one had no video, so this wins.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Arthur C. Clarke

  34. seachange says:

    Has anyone else ever had the feeling that Ray Bradbury’s writings are somewhat misogynistic? I (somewhat) recently re-read a complete volume of his short stories which I remember being completely blown away by when I was 11 or 12. It seemed to me that all the female characters — when there were female characters — were complete stereotypes. There’s one story in which a man finds that he’s the last person on earth and starts calling random numbers in a desperate attempt to find someone else. A woman finally answers and they meet but then it turns out she’s a totally annoying needy bitch and he chooses to spend the rest of his life alone. Seriously. Not all of the female characters are so negatively treated but I can’t think of any who are actually *characters* with any real depth. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

  35. Anonymous says:

    am I the only one to leap to the defence of the Kurt Vonnugut girl?

  36. dhalgren says:

    I’ve learned a couple new things today. 1) NSFW definition. Never needed to know the definition since I don’t work in any sort of office open to other people viewing or listening to what I’m watching and or listening to on the interwebs. Hmmm well to be honest I don’t work in any traditional sort of job whatsoever so I guess I never had to wonder what NSFW meant in the first place. And hey! If you are at work shouldn’t you be, I don’t know, WORKING!?! 2) That Rachel Bloom has just blown away any and all female pop songs of the last 10 years with this dandy tune! Gaga, Britney, the big booty’d one married to Jay-Z – Beyonce – nothing they’ve done has surpassed this crazy beautifully awesome song. The video ROCKS! And puhlease just because you get to see Gaga’s snatch in Telephone doesn’t mean it’s good. 3) Lot’s of OSC hate flowing here and lots of talk about Dick. Of course the usual RAH hangers-on. Know what? Sit back, enjoy the song and love the boobs. If you want a little dick go talk to Harlan Ellison. (Just for the record PKD is one of my favorite authors and Harlan Ellison rocks! But this long thread has given me the worst gas attack I’ve had in a long time – this last note just in case some smart ass responds to me that I wrote the Ellison comment because of some confrontation I might have had with the author – I’ve never met Harlan Ellison – it was a joke)

  37. Skep says:

    Well, Ray Bradbury isn’t my favorite author, but Rachel Bloom, the writer and lead in the video is talented and hot, hot, hot.

    I think I may have to dress up as Ray Bradbury for Halloween…

  38. Chentzilla says:

    Censored version for the guys who say Bradbury isn’t a sci-fi writer:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KDxnoTlc0

  39. fnc says:

    Did he get to be the subject of this song just because his name ends with the long e sound? Not that it matters, as that clip is better than almost all of the music industry’s combined music video output for the past fifteen years.

    Fingers crossed she does a sexy tribute to Alexandre Dumas next.

  40. jphilby says:

    Bravo! Three or four more tunes like that, and I’ll be buying tickets to the musical! Some helpful hints:

    Get off, Asimov

    Harlan’s such a darlin’

    Sinnin’ with Simmons

    Oh Robert don’t be so Forward!

    They say don’t go … on Gernsback Mountain

    • SamSam says:

      More!

      Let us live in sin, K. Le Guin

      Touch me hard, Mr Card

      Lick me like I’m sherbet, my lovely Frank Herbert

      Philip K. Dick… hmmm, nothing funny from that name

  41. caffeine addict says:

    Co-incidentally, BBC Radio 7 are doing a series of Bradbury’s short stories every night at… now, actually. 6-6.30 BST.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I want to suck your Philip K Dick?

  43. Anonymous says:

    I suddenly have a strange inclination to become a sci-fi writer

  44. jamiethehutt says:

    If I met Philip K Dick
    He’d sure get me to turn a trick

    He wouldn’t need to hassle
    I’d rock his High Castle

    Yeah any decent chick
    Would put out for the guy that wrote Ubik

    Oh and once we’ve had a freak
    We’ll lay back and count Electric Sheep

    If I met Philip K Dick
    You know I’d not be quick…

    Personally it’s Ursula Le Guin I’d like to be screwin’ :-P

  45. JesseH says:

    Teig shouldn’t really be encouraged, since she/he has been spamming submitterator pretty hard.

  46. Chupacabara says:

    I find it interesting that a few innocuous “Gay” references/jokes garner a purging of comments on the post about the guy who believes in Faeries, leading to quite a few posts being deleted, the thread eventually being shut down, and then re-started once things died down…

    Yet BLATANTLY Sexists comments against women are allowed to be posted here and other places.

    Don’t get me wrong. I find Brainspore and Trotsky’s comments funny.

    Much as I found the comments on the Faerie post funny…

    Much as I find Fat jokes funny (Of which I would be the target…)

    Much as I find funny jokes funny.

    Just curious as to the double standard being exhibited here.

    That I don’t find funny.

    • Trotsky says:

      Sexist? Really, dawg?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      What did you find sexist in this thread? If commenters were carrying on about boobs in a thread about a scientist giving a TED talk, it would be gross. It’s hard to discuss a video about fucking that involves lap-dancing and fapping without sexual language coming up.

      Or were you referring to the comments about Orson Scott Closet?

  47. Anonymous says:

    If someone introducers her to Philip K Dicks works her next song will be about wanting to do ATM wit PKD. Just Sayin

  48. Anonymous says:

    Gawd, I love BoingBoing!

    As entertaining as the video was, I gave my heart to Robert Heinlein a long time ago, or more precisely, Valentine Michael Smith. Still waiting for you, Mike.

    Question: Both Stranger in a Strange Land’ and ‘Ender’s Game’ looked like they would be made into movies, also ‘The Sparrow.’ Anyone know what happened? I was following Ender’s Game but lost track after the director walked.

    • mccrum says:

      It sounds like it’s never going to happen for a few reasons:

      1 – OSC wants the movie to be about characters and relationships,
      2 – This is incredibly difficult to do in Hollywood unless you front all the money yourself because finance people are really good understanding where chick flicks fall and where action movies fit in the scheme of things, but a kids movie where (spoiler alert for a twenty year old book!) betrayal and xenocide end up being the crux of things don’t fit into easily marketable categories,
      3 – It needs to be done right, not just done, which means a lot of cards need to fall perfectly, which will never happen.

      • Xopher says:

        It needs to be done right, not just done, which means a lot of cards need to fall perfectly, which will never happen.

        Well, the one Card I hope will fall perfectly is Orson Scott. And I hope he busts his head open.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          The Ender Saga: Boy gets sick of unfortunate incidents in school bathrooms, goes to exclusive private school to learn about buggers. Bathroom incidents continue. Becomes BFF with a wise, old queen, marries woman who refuses to have sex with him.

          Leave Britney alone.

      • Anonymous says:

        There’s a long list of alien invasion movies coming out. I thought Ender would be on the list. OSC’s many, many personal flaws aside, Ender was/is a great story with a big fanbase. I’m hoping Card will decide to compromise and allow the movie to be both CGI-driven inside the battleroom, and character-driven otherwise.(It’s really the battleroom scenes that sparked our imaginations).

        I haven’t heard so much as a whisper about Stranger or The Sparrow in several years. Yet the technology now exists to bring great novels by the masters of sci/fi to life. It remains to seen if Hollywood has the balls.

  49. GeekMan says:

    *starts the chant* PKD! PKD!

  50. Anonymous says:

    Exactly how many shirts need buttoning on Youtube? Decolletage… to cliche, and beyond!

  51. jjsaul says:

    She doesn’t happen to be from Tempe, does she? When I was living there about 15 years ago a kid came through trick-or-treating alone, and a little too old for it, so I dropped her a vintage paperback of The October Country instead of candy. I thought it was a nice geeky gesture, but now maybe I should feel a little dirty about it.

  52. CH says:

    It’s a nice song I suppose, but well, I’ve apparently got the wrong sexual orientation to appreciate the song. I’ve got the hots for PKD! *joining the chant* PKD, PKD!

    But happy birthday to Mr. Bradbury!!!

  53. Devlin says:

    Hilarious. The great and sadly disbanded Seattle death metal band Blood Hag sang songs only about Science Fiction writers. They did a Philip K. Dick song, as well as a song about Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler, William Gibson and tons of others. I think their CD’s are still available some where.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Okay i dont know this author and now i want to, what is a good starting book?

    • sapere_aude says:

      @Anon #51:

      Fahrenheit 451

      This book has to be on everyone’s “must read” list. In fact, I used to make a habit of re-reading it at least once every 3-5 years or so; but, sadly, I’ve let that habit lapse in recent years. (Though I have watched the Truffaut film adaptation within the past five years; so I guess that counts.)

    • 5ynic says:

      I Second Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury’s works are mostly quite different from one another, so it’s quite possible to love some and hate others… I’d suggest Something wicked this way comes next – it’s deliciously twisted.

  55. Anonymous says:

    I remember having a big crush on Harlan when I was a teenager. I had a shrine to him in my room with his books on it. I even had his non-SF on it-The Boob Tube, The Other Boob Tube,and the one about his time in the gang. I would have done him in a heartbeat…or Doc Smith, Blish, Clarke, Heinlein, Anderson, Asimov, etc. Y’know, Roddenberry rhymes with frack me, too. I would have definitely done him…or Nimoy, of course. I guess I’m just a nerdy SF slut.

  56. Chupacabara says:

    Greatest “Authors” – Steinbeck, Bradbury, Vonnegut… (Yes, I too wanted to jump to Vonnegut Girls defense.)

    Greatest “SF Authors” – Can’t really put RB in that category. Cards personal views may be whacked… but he writes some bad ass SF, but he is not up there with Heinlein, Clarke, Dick, etc.

    And then there is Gibson…. What a wordsmith…

    If I was a chick, or gay, I’d do any of them.

  57. Wizard Gynoid says:

    i would do him.

  58. MrJM says:

    NBD…

    I’ve been singing “Fuck You, Orson Scott Card” for years.

  59. coolvoodoo says:

    I’ve read them all, and Dandelion Wine is my favorite Bradbury book. It totally captures the feel of getting a new pair of sneakers when you were a kid, and that is what Bradbury is so good at. Capturing the feeling of different times, places, and people, and making your heart ache with emotion, good and bad. And he wrote quite a bit of science fiction, especially in his short stories, despite his claims to the contrary. “I Sing the Body Electric”, “The Veldt”, “A sound of Thunder”, and many many more. Check it out.

  60. Anonymous says:

    That’s a pretty high production value for an indie clip!

  61. JoeKickass says:

    Ok that was good, very funny. Does anyone have any idea how good Mr Bradbury feels about it?

    • Brainspore says:

      Does anyone have any idea how good Mr Bradbury feels about it?

      I’d be surprised if Mr. “To Hell with the internet!” even knows about YouTube yet.

      (Seriously: I’m a lifelong fan, but for a sci-fi writer Bradbury is a total luddite. Maybe that’s part of his unique charm.)

  62. Tim Howland says:

    I’m pretty sure that James Cameron came out with “I WAS fucked by Harlan Ellison” a few years back.

    • unit_1421 says:

      I laughed my ass off when I went to Cameron’s Wikipedia page and there’s a quote from Orson Scott Card trashing Cameron. On the 1992 Special Edition Laserdisc of The Abyss there’s a multi-page letter from Card licking Cameron’s balls for all the unprecedented access to the set and to all the dailies and script changes so the book ends up perfectly matching what would become cameron’s Director’s Cut. I lived less than a mile from Card in Greensboro in 1994-95, but never knew what he looked like until I went to his wikipedia page. The pic they have screams “nothing about this man is heterosexual.” Card is a board member of the Mormon lobbying group that helped fund the Prop 8 debacle in 2008. Roy Cohn, anyone?

      • mccrum says:

        I had to stop reading Card about five years ago and he was one of my favorites growing up. It just all got bad. I wasn’t driven away by his crazy politics or any of his personal stuff, it’s just that his writing has been horrible for the past ten years. Really horrible. Even that series he did about Bean had none of the magic of the Ender series.

        • unit_1421 says:

          There’s contention, that surfaced here on Boing Boing I think, that Card actually didn’t even write the Enders stuff himself. Card isn’t well liked by the local fandom base in Greensboro, because once he became famous he stopped appearing at StellarCon, the long running SF convention run by SF3 at UNC-Greensboro.

          • mccrum says:

            I believe he likely wrote it, based on a lot of his early stuff which is clever and smart and has interesting characters. Unless his mom actually wrote it and all his short stories, which would make me sad. At any rate, my general rule is that the quality of the work declines at the same ratio as to the size of the author’s name on the cover in relation to the size of the book’s title.

            I’m surprised he stopped going, as he always spoke very highly of the chance to meet fans at that conference and the chance to get out and interact. I recall having a great conversation with him at the old Borders at the WTC when he came to town back in 2000. Damn shame that he’s stopped talking to the people.

  63. pencilbox says:

    If I were Bradbury, I would open every lecture, panel, and signing with this video for the foreseeable future: “Before we begin, have you seen this?”

  64. Anonymous says:

    I’m immediately thinking of a negative parody to the same tune, called “F*** Off, Isaac Asimov”, in which I sign about his awful attempt to retrofit all of his books into one “megaseries”.

  65. Anonymous says:

    Cleanup at Mr. Bradbury’s house.

  66. optuser says:

    A girl in a pup tent jilling off to a sci-fi novel. Rawr!!

  67. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Alright, this is not only funny, but it’s also a fantastic song.

    • pencilbox says:

      yup. definitely strong right where most parody songs fall short: the actual music. Werewolf Bar Mitzvah and Fuck Me Ray Bradbury should go head to head.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Just watching that girl sing and bounce in the video made me HOT! I hope my boyfriend doesn’t mind…especially if it benefits him later. ;)

  69. Roy Trumbull says:

    I always thought it was a shame that the attempts to bring Bradbury to the big and little screens were never up to the source material. Jason Robards had his moments in “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
    I recall zipping through the paperback edition of Martian Chronicles. Now we have the book Packing For Mars by Mary Roach about the realities of the actual close quarters trip.
    In Galaxy Sci-Fi for Jan 1958 Frederik Pohl, using one of his aliases, took on the downside in his short story The Hated. After returning the crew all wanted to kill each other in as grisly a way as possible. You can read it at http://www.gutenberg.org. Search the sci-fi bookshelf

    • classic01 says:

      Oh didn’t you like Fahrenheit 451? François Truffaut made the most amazing representation of the book. The ending when it begins to snow gave me chills.

  70. Tristan Eldtritch says:

    I can’t speak to the rest of his stuff, but Fahrenheit 451 is sentimental, facile, Luddite tripe, and never deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as 1984, We, and Brave New World. Gene Wolfe is the greatest sci-fi author, closely followed by PKD, IMO.

    • Criv says:

      It’s fairer to say that Fahrenheit 451 takes 1950s assumptions that 60 years of history have shown us are not entirely accurate (Bradbury equated books almost as the sole route of intellectual curiosity – which is what he’s really talking about).

      It’s not timeless, but it’s still worth reading and worth mentioning alongside Brave New World and 1984.

      PKD is a fantastic short story writer, but the majority of his long fiction is a confusing mess, as he drops previous threads and hares off after something new he just thought of.

  71. gths says:

    Better him than Orson Scott Card. That would be weird.

  72. Tom Fury says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’m changing my name to Ray Bradbury.

    oh, the irony …

  73. dragonfrog says:

    Jesus, will you look at those?

  74. edthehippie says:

    how does the ghost of Robert A. Heinlein feel about this ?? some of my kittehs and some of the unicorns out back claim to still prefer him lustwise , although all agree that both ( and others ) are great authors

  75. Michael Smith says:

    Nobody ever says “Fuck me Bob Heinlein”, though I suppose they never needed to.

  76. The Hamster King says:

    When she was licking the autographed copy, did anyone else think “Noooooo! You’ll smear the signature!”?

  77. Anonymous says:

    R.B. = Fantasy
    R.A.H. = Sci Fi

    There is a difference.

  78. dole says:

    Dunno if this is real or not, but… photo of Bradbury watching the video:
    http://thedailywh.at/post/990704848/photo-of-the-day-legendary-sci-fi-fantasy-writer

  79. djordan says:

    Dammit, that song is stuck in my head now. I hope I don’t dream about fucking Ray Bradbury tonight.

  80. Anonymous says:

    BUDDY FUCKING HOLLY could’ve written the music for this. Of course, it’s OBVIOUSLY the acme of hip in the year 20FUCKING10. Somebody do something!

  81. Anonymous says:

    Definitely. Answer song! Something about drugs and paranoia.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Typical, waits till the guy is 90 years old then offers him a sure thing

  83. tyger11 says:

    Bradbury, the greatest sci-fi writer in history? Uhhh…right.

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