- Posted June 6, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ray Bradbury's legacy
Dreams Both Dark and Bright
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
As I read them now, I am transported to a time in my life when as a young boy, everything was new, exciting and just a little dangerous. When a simple ravine could hold dangers unimaginable, where time travel is possible and the supernatural is the normal.
I sometimes think that Ray could tell the future -- he perfectly captured today's era of non-stop communication in The Murderer -- about a man who starts systematically destroying all the electronic communications devices in his life. Written in 1953, it features a scene where a commuter drones on to his wife over his wrist communicator, updating her with each intersection he passed. I think of it now each time I grab my cell phone out of boredom.
Ray Bradbury will live on as long as there are parents who want their children to imagine. I gave my daughter a book of his stories this year and she is reading them. She did a report on one of them this year. Sadly, her teacher didn't quite get it. But maybe because it was supposed to be a sci-fi report -- and Ray Bradbury is most definitely NOT sci-fi!!
I am going to begin reading tonight -- and my not stop . . .