It is a sad day for Science Fiction fans and literature buffs alike. Ray Bradbury, renowned author of many works such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, has left us at the age of 91.
Like many of us, I remember fondly reading his books and enjoying watching the many film and television adaptations of his works. As his grandson is quoted as saying, that is his legacy, his body of works and them memory of them in the hearts and minds of his fans.
Many others have posted on this topic through the day, my friend Jeff Hite had some good things to say. Including an idea I can really get behind.
I suggest in his honor that you might want to try to write something new today.
You might also want to check out the story at io9, and Michael Hickerson has a good post over at Dragon Page.
I just found out that master swordsman Bob Anderson passed away yesterday, January 1st 2012, at age 89.
Anderson has played a critical role in swordplay in movies since he staged fights and coached Errol Flynn in the early 50s. The former Olympic swordsman acted as stunt man in many films and as sword master for many others. Highly sought after he worked on several James Bond films as well as The Princess Bride and The Legend of Zorro.
Among the major films he was involved in were the original Star Wars trilogy where he was Darth Vader for the sword fights in Empire and Jedi, he was also sword master for the recent Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I just don’t know where to begin, I really don’t. It is hard to write through the tears in my eyes.
I woke this morning to find that one of the greats, SFWA Grand Master Anne McCaffrey has passed away on Monday, November 21st 2011 at the age of 85.
I remember being first being introduced to McCaffrey’s wonderful storytelling with the world of Pern, I truly fell in love with the world when one of my best friends in High School insisted that I check the series out and pushed her very well worn copy of “Dragonflight” into my hands. I was drawn into the world in a way that no series truly had before.
Later I rediscovered one of McCaffrey’s short stories that I remember fondly from a sci-fi anthology I read so many times in elementary that the school librarian finally wouldn’t let me check it out any longer. Yup “The Smallest Dragonboy“.
While I have not read all of the series by this amazing author, over the years I have worn my copies of the books of several of her works:
the Pern series
the saga of the Talents
the Chrystal Singer series
the Freedom series
and the tales of Petaybee
Anne McCaffrey was able to mix and cross genres in a way few could, Pern itself being a prime example. Many consider her a fantasy writer but looking over her series I think that isn’t quite the case.
However no mater what she was a wonderful writer.
Nothing I can write really can describe the sadness that is crossing the world as fans of this wonderful writer learn of her passing Between, so I leave you with some of the great lady’s own words.
The stones of the weyr itself seemed to reverberate with the mourning dirge of the dragons.