Ray Bradbury, whose books took readers on imaginary journeys to the outermost edges of the galaxy without leaving their own back yards, has died at age 91, according to published reports. The author of classic books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" was born in Waukegan, Ill, on Aug. 22, 1920, the son of a utility lineman. He was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death, his home for the past several decades. full story
I'm actually crying as I write this. Seeing this thread come to the top is always cause for dread, but this news is just unutterably sad. Although because of his age and his bout with cancer, it's unrealistic to think that García Márquez could live for many, many more years, it's still so hard to imagine that brilliant, lively mind no longer being able to do what its owner wants it to.
One Hundred Years of Solitude is hands down my favorite book in a lifetime of reading. Perhaps it's fitting that one of its most compelling scenes is how the patriarch finally wanders so far into his own mind and memories that he does not wake up ever again.
Sorry to hear this. I often wondered what he would have been like as a politician. He was already pompous and arrogant enough to be able to pull it of without too much effort. I would have voted for him. He had a certain elegance about him.
What I really loved was watching him on Johnny Carson late at night having a go at Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. Very funny stuff.
He had a singular mind and talent. The only one of his books I've read is The Wasp Factory. The elderly librarian here once pointed out that whenever an author died, there was a run to check out his/her books. Looking at Banks' obituary and bibliography, I see I'm about to make such a run.
I didn't know that one of his books -- The Crow Road -- had been made into a mini series.
Richard Matheson died two days ago. He was a major horror, science fiction and fantasy writer whose principal contribution to world culture was perhaps the invention of modern day zombies in his novel I Am Legend (1954), which has been made into a movie 4 times so far.
Even though Matheson is gone, I'm sure that zombies will still be with us for a long, long time.