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How the amazing Ray Bradbury changed science fiction, literature, and the world.

Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on, Aug. 23, 2003, at The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif. Special Pulitzer Prize citations were given to Bradbury and famed jazz saxaphonist John Coltrane, Monday,April 16, 2007.(AP)
Science fiction author Ray Bradbury sits in front of a photo of Mars, presented to him during an 83rd birthday party in his honor on, Aug. 23, 2003, at The Planetary Society in Pasadena, Calif. Special Pulitzer Prize citations were given to Bradbury and famed jazz saxaphonist John Coltrane, Monday,April 16, 2007.(AP)

Guests

Sam Weller, professor of fiction writing at Columbia College in Chicago. He's the co-editor of the upcoming anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.

Gary Wolfe, award-winning science fiction editor, critic, and biographer. Professor of humanities at Roosevelt University.

C-Segment: Peter Dinklage at Bennington College

You can read more about the address here.

From The Reading List

io9 "His grandson, Danny Karapetian, shared these words with io9 about his grandfather's passing: "If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him."

RayBradbury.com "Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."

The Washington Post "Ray Bradbury, the prolific science fiction and fantasy writer who mixed social commentary with warnings about modern technology’s dark side in short stories and novels such as “Fahrenheit 451,” has died. He was 91."

This program aired on June 8, 2012.

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