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The Post Mourns Ray Bradbury

The Post mourns the passing of one of the great names in American fiction — and one of its most important contributors.

Ray Bradbury published his first story in the Post 62 years ago. “The World The Children Made” was followed by 12 other stories, the last being “Juggernaut,” which we printed in 2009.

Mr. Bradbury, who was 91, had been a member of the Post’s fiction board for the past few years. He wrote like nobody else, and he influenced countless other American authors. He was, and will be, imitated, but very few have been able to recreate his balance of magic, realism, humor and mystery.

Just before his last story appeared in the Post, he agreed to an interview, which you can read here.

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  • Arnold Kunert

    THANK YOU, MR. NILLSON, FOR THE KIND COMMENTS ABOUT OUR DEAR FRIEND RAY BRADBURY, WHOM I HAD THE HONOR AND PLEASURE OF KNOWING FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS. MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH RAY’S NAME ATTACHED TO IT WAS WHEN THE SATURDAY EVENING POST PUBLISHED HIS SHORT STORY ‘THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS’ IN, I BELIEVE, 1951. WHEN A FILM WITH THE SAME TITLE WAS RELEASED IN JUNE OF 1953, I BECAME AWARE OF ANOTHER ‘RAY,’ RAY HARRYHAUSEN, WHOSE STOP-MOTION ANIMATION BROUGHT ‘THE BEAST’ TO LIFE SO BEAUTIFULLY. I HAD NO IDEA AT THE TIME THAT BRADBURY AND HARRYHAUSEN HAD KNOWN EACH OTHER BY THEN FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS. IN THE MID-1960S, HAVING MOVED TO CALIFORNIA TO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL, I MET RAY BRADBURY AT ONE OF HIS COLLEGE APPEARANCES. SOON AFTER THAT, HE INTRODUCED ME TO RAY HARRYHAUSEN, WHO WAS IN TOWN TO PROMOTE ONE OF HIS FILMS. THESE TWO MAGICAL MEETINGS CAME FULL CIRCLE IN JUNE OF 2003 IN HOLLYWOOD WHEN I SAT NEXT TO BRADBURY AND HARRYHAUSEN TO WATCH ‘THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS’ ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE EGYTPIAN THEATER. IT HAD BEEN EXACTLY 50 YEARS TO THE MONTH SINCE I FIRST SAW THE FILM. NOW I WAS SITTING WITH TWO OF THE ARTISTS WHOSE NAMES HAD APPEARED ON THE POSTER OF THE FILM OUTSIDE THE UNITED ARTISTS THEATRE IN CHICAGO’S LOOP. ISN’T LIFE AMAZING?