RAY BRADBURY IS OFF TO THE GREAT ACRES OF BOOKS IN THE SKYBy Dave Wielenga
The writer who influenced the world with the expansive flights of fantasy he presented as into vivid word-pictures never lost touch with the root of his special gift—the library of mankind. During much of the 20th century, a significant portion of those volumes could be found in Long Beach at Acres of Books, where Bradbury was a frequent patron—and, during the fight for its survival, one of its most-public and passionate advocates.
On June 26, 2008, LBReport.com covered in words and video Bradbury’s last visit to Acres of Books.
Now, they’re both gone.
Bradbury was both prolific and profound. His 27 novels, various story collections and over 600 short stories—among them “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”—amounted to a powerful voice that helped shape the perspective and conscience of his time, not to mention lifting science fiction above its silly reputation into an identity as literature.
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