CNN PRODUCER NOTE teardroprain says he counts Ray Bradbury as a friend. This photo was taken in 2010 but he had been reading the author's work for a while. 'Ray Bradbury talked about how he would write a few pages each day. At the time (back in the early 1990s), he said he only skipped this daily writing ritual twice- once for his wedding, and once when he was in hospital. In terms of sci-fi, his Fahrenheit 451 is a seminal work about what could be if we're not careful, akin to Orwell's 1984. Both works left a deep impression on my young, developing mind when I was a young teen.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
Ray was a dear friend who extolled the virtues of focus, creativity, and dedication to his craft. Rarely a day would pass that he would not write a number of pages. He will be remembered for his timeless work such as the impressionable and unforgettable Fahrenheit 451 and Martian Chronicles, but more importantly, for the inspiration that he was to us all. I had the good fortune to dine with Ray in 2010 before I left back to London. I gave him a copy of my piano CD, Teardrop Rain, to which he said it well complimented his latest work at the time, Wisdom 2116. He will be dearly remembered in our hearts and minds as he passes into the next phase of his journey.
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