Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury

Most of the time, the death of a public figure doesn’t make me do anything but go, “Oh, that’s too bad.”

Ray Bradbury’s loss made me cry.

I do not say this lightly. Ray Bradbury was a huge part of my life. I’ve read (almost) everything he’s written. I adore The Zen of Writing. Fahrenheit451 is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen and the scariest book I’ve ever read. It scares me to look around the world and realize that people haven’t been listening to the warnings inherent in his science fiction.

That being said, Bradbury’s stories are not about technology. They’re about people. About parents and children. About love and loss. About childhood and the scariest part of growing up. His stories are also about wonder. The world he sees is to be lived in, explored, and loved.

They make me laugh, make me cry, and make me stare in wonder at what we can achieve if we try.

I never met Ray Bradbury. I never sent him a letter.
And yet, his death is a personal as losing a close friend.

Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury. I wish I’d met you in person. But I loved you and always will.

You will be remembered.

The Mistressworks of SF

I snagged this from Antick Musings because I simply cannot pass up a list of books.

The rules are simple (so feel free to do your own version of the list): As usual, the rules are: set titles in bold if you’ve read them and in italics if you own it but haven’t read it yet. It is also allowable to bold a series if you’ve read all of it.
(I’m adding italics to author’s I’ve read.)

* 1 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818)
* 2 Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
* 3 Orlando, Virginia Woolf (1928) (in progress)
* 4 Lest Ye Die, Cicely Hamilton (1928)
* 5 Swastika Night, Katherine Burdekin (1937)
* (6 Wrong Side of the Moon, Francis Leslie Ashton (1951), removed because Francis Leslie Ashton is a man)
* 7 The Sword of Rhiannon, Leigh Brackett (1953)
* 8 Pilgrimage: The Book of the People, Zenna Henderson (1961)
* 9 Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Naomi Mitchison (1962)
* 10 Witch World, Andre Norton (1963)
* 11 Sunburst, Phyllis Gotlieb (1964)
* 12 Jirel of Joiry, CL Moore (1969)
* 13 Heroes and Villains, Angela Carter (1969)
* 14 Ten Thousand Light Years From Home, James Tiptree Jr (1973)
* 15 The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974)
* 16 Walk to the End of the World, Suzy McKee Charnas (1974)
* 17 The Female Man, Joanna Russ (1975)
* 18 Missing Man, Katherine MacLean (1975)
* 19 Arslan, MJ Engh (1976)
* 20 Floating Worlds, Cecelia Holland (1976)
* 21 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm (1976)
* 22 Islands, Marta Randall (1976)
* 23 Dreamsnake, Vonda N McIntyre (1978)
* 24 False Dawn, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1978)
* 25 Shikasta [Canopus in Argos: Archives], Doris Lessing (1979)
* 26 Kindred, Octavia Butler (1979)
* 27 Benefits, Zoe Fairbairns (1979)
* 28 The Snow Queen, Joan D Vinge (1980)
* 29 The Silent City, Élisabeth Vonarburg (1981)
* 30 The Silver Metal Lover, Tanith Lee (1981)
* 31 The Many-Coloured Land [Saga of the Exiles], Julian May (1981)
* 32 Darkchild [Daughters of the Sunstone], Sydney J van Scyoc (1982)
* 33 The Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey (1982)
* 34 Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin (1984)
* 35 The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1985)
* 36 Jerusalem Fire, RM Meluch (1985)
* 37 Children of Anthi, Jay D Blakeney (1985)
* 38 The Dream Years, Lisa Goldstein (1985)
* 39 Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind, Sarah Lefanu & Jen Green (1985)
* 40 Queen of the States, Josephine Saxton (1986)
* 41 The Wave and the Flame [Lear’s Daughters], Marjorie Bradley Kellogg (1986)
* 42 The Journal of Nicholas the American, Leigh Kennedy (1986)
* 43 A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski (1986)
* 44 Angel at Apogee, SN Lewitt (1987)
* 45 In Conquest Born, CS Friedman (1987)
* 46 Pennterra, Judith Moffett (1987)
* 47 Kairos, Gwyneth Jones (1988)
* 48 Cyteen, CJ Cherryh (1988)
* 49 Unquenchable Fire, Rachel Pollack (1988)
* 50 The City, Not Long After, Pat Murphy (1988)
* 51 The Steerswoman [Steerswoman series], Rosemary Kirstein (1989)
* 52 The Third Eagle, RA MacAvoy (1989)
* 53 Grass, Sheri S Tepper (1989)
* 54 Heritage of Flight, Susan Shwartz (1989)
* 55 Falcon, Emma Bull (1989)
* 56 The Archivist, Gill Alderman (1989)
* 57 Winterlong [Winterlong trilogy], Elizabeth Hand (1990)
* 58 A Gift Upon the Shore, MK Wren (1990)
* 59 Red Spider, White Web, Misha (1990)
* 60 Polar City Blues, Katharine Kerr (1990)
* 61 Body of Glass (AKA He, She and It), Marge Piercy (1991)
* 62 Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler (1991)
* 63 Beggars in Spain [Sleepless trilogy], Nancy Kress (1991)
* 64 A Woman of the Iron People, Eleanor Arnason (1991)
* 65 Hermetech, Storm Constantine (1991)
* 66 China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F McHugh (1992)
* 67 Fools, Pat Cadigan (1992)
* 68 Correspondence, Sue Thomas (1992)
* 69 Lost Futures, Lisa Tuttle (1992)
* 70 Doomsday Book, Connie Willis (1992)
* 71 Ammonite, Nicola Griffith (1993)
* 72 The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee (1993)
* 73 Queen City Jazz, Kathleen Ann Goonan (1994)
* 74 Happy Policeman, Patricia Anthony (1994)
* 75 Shadow Man, Melissa Scott (1995)
* 76 Legacies, Alison Sinclair (1995)
* 77 Primary Inversion [Skolian Saga], Catherine Asaro (1995)
* 78 Alien Influences, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1995)
* 79 The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1996)
* 80 Memory [Vorkosigan series], Lois McMaster Bujold (1996)
* 81 Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon (1996)
* 82 Looking for the Mahdi, N Lee Wood (1996)
* 83 An Exchange of Hostages [Jurisdiction series], Susan R Matthews (1997)
* 84 Fool’s War, Sarah Zettel (1997)
* 85 Black Wine, Candas Jane Dorsey (1997)
* 86 Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (1998)
* 87 Vast, Linda Nagata (1998)
* 88 Hand of Prophecy, Severna Park (1998)
* 89 Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
* 90 Dreaming in Smoke, Tricia Sullivan (1999)
* 91 Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle (2000)

Huh. Well, that’s interesting. One would think with the amount of sci-fi I’ve read in my life, I’d have stumbled onto more of these. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve simply read my parents’ collection or if I simply was never intrigued by the books. I’ve read some of the authors, but not the books on this list. I’m wondering if I simply shade more to fantasy and horror than sci-fi. I used to be a hard-core hard-Sci-fi person, but that changed at some point in HS. I’ll have to explore some.

Books to Read March 2011

Where Good Ideas Come From – Steve Johnson

Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading – Maureen Corrigan

Hacking Work – Bill Jensen & Josh Klein

Game of Cages by Harry Connolly
Child of Fire by Harry Connolly

Miss Don’t Touch Me by Hubert & Kerascoet

A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Books to Read August 2010

A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects by Catherynne M. Valente (Stainless Steel Droppings Review)

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregellis (The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent. Review)

Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee (via Mind Hacks) (ed. read 1/11)

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale

Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere by Charlie Todd and Alex Scordelis (I have a feeling this is already on my list sometime earlier.) (Antick Musings review)

Books to Read July 2010

King Maker by maurice Broaddeis

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel

The Innovator’s Prescription by Clayton M. christensen

The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia

White Noise by Don Delino

Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte (Must buy this one. It’s a reference book)

Stalking the Wild Asparagus

Books to Read Jan ’10

The Cutie by Donald E. Westlake (Antick Musings Review)

Killing Castro by Lawrence Block (Antick Musings Review)

Tattoo in Japan by by John Harte

I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb (Antick Musings Review)

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

Brooklyn Knight by CJ Henderson

American Nomads by Richard Grant