Neil Gaiman remembers Ray Bradbury


12 Responses to “Neil Gaiman remembers Ray Bradbury”

  1. Michael Ellis Day says:

    The unnamed writer mentioned in the quote above is Mark Evanier, who has also written his own tribute to Bradbury.

  2. Shay Guy says:

    Suppose it’s looking to you like you don’t have it in you to maintain the discipline needed to write every day, and yet, you still want to write and can’t seem to give up on it. What do you do then?

    • Warren Grant says:

       Figure out how to find the discipline. Try writing first thing in the morning say, get up earlier to do it. The important thing is to be there ready to write for a time every day, even if all you do it stare at the page – or so I am told. I am still working on the discipline part myself :P

    • Ambiguity says:

      The advice above to write in the morning is good. Our filters aren’t quiet awake yet, and things flow a lot more easily.

      Also: read Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing. It’s an easy read, but a good one.

    • Thad Boyd says:

       But you just wrote something!  Right there!

      That’s something I’ve recently been thinking about — I write a hell of a lot, but an embarrassing percentage of it is taken up by arguments in the ComicsAlliance comments section.

      Even those exact same points I was planning on making anyway can be reformatted into a coherent essay and posted to a blog.  No, it’s not the Great American Novel, but it’s, as Gaiman might put it, a step closer to the mountain.

  3. BombBlastLightingWaltz says:

    R is for Rocket really opened the eyes. Rest in peace sire. 

  4. Pickleschlitz says:

    Someone should get George Clayton Johnson’s remembrance. He actually collaborated with Bradbury and was part of “the group” that included Bradbury, Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont back in the 50s. He is still alive and well in Pacoima, CA

  5. GeorgeMokray says:

    I have read and re-read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury many times.  Back in the days when I was thinking about making movies and reading movie scripts, I took one of the stories in that book, “A Dish of Lime-Vanilla Ice,” and reset it as a screenplay. Years later, I sent a copy to Ray Bradbury.

    And he wrote back.

    I got a lovely hand-written note on yellow legal pad paper telling me that he enjoyed my work and that another admirer, a Russian woman, had already done a screen treatment of the same material.  However, neither of our works would be produced as Bradbury himself was working on a musical play version of “Dandelion Wine” with songwriter Jimmy Webb, the man who wrote “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” and “MacArthur Park.”  Wonder whatever happened with that project. At the bottom of the page was Bradbury’s signature and a simple line drawing of a dandelion.

    Ray Bradbury didn’t have to treat me, some anonymous schlub behind an unsolicited piece of mail, so nicely.  He was not only a fine and evocative writer but a nice guy as well.  At least, from my experience.

    PS:  Found one of the songs from the Bradbury/Webb musical:
    Here’s one of the songs:

  6. Jake says:

    I didn’t realize that Bradbury wrote a noir detective novel (Death is a Lonely Business).  Now I can’t wait to read it!

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