Friday, June 8, 2012

Fantastically Fun Fridays: June 8, 2012

We'd like to take a minute this afternoon to remember Ray Bradbury, author of a plethora of famous works of science fiction and fantasy, including Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, who passed away this week at the age of 91.   Many people this week have shared their memories of Bradbury and spoken of his influence, including Neil Gaiman, Lev Grossman, John Joseph Adams, and President Obama.  Gabriel Rodriguez has created this beautiful drawing depicting Bradbury's final voyage.  Charles Tan has compiled a list of many others as well. 

Since what Bradbury did best was write short stories--for years he followed a regimen of writing at least one story a week--perhaps the most fitting tribute to his life and work is the new anthology Shadow Show that is coming out in July.  This collection of stories celebrates the work of Ray Bradbury, and includes stories by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Margaret Atwood, and Joe Hill, among others.  I heard Kelly Link read her story at ICFA and it was fantastic--I can think of no better way to celebrate the life of one of science fiction's most influential authors.

Here are some of the other interesting things we found for you this week:

  • While perhaps not what I want to wear to my brother's wedding this summer, these dresses made of light are fantastic! (io9)
  • And finally, what better way to star the weekend than with puppies?  And Avengers? (Tor)
 Have a great weekend, everyone!