“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
—A very happy birthday to Ray Bradbury, who would have turned ninety-two today.
Copies of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 from Richard Prince’s private collection.
Another couple of photos honoring the great Ray Bradbury. The photo above is the original cover of his 1962 classic, Something Wicked This Way Comes, one of the greatest book titles of all time. Below is Ray’s signature inside my copy of the 1984 reproduction, signed on (gasp!) Friday the 13th, in December of 1985.
“What you’ve gotta do from this point forward is stuff your head with more different things from various fields, hygienically speaking.”
In this 2001 commencement address, Ray Bradbury makes a case for combinatorial creativity and offers young writers a wealth of advice, joining the ranks of other invaluable insight from C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Billy Wilder, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, and David Ogilvy.
Open Culture has distilled Bradbury’s hour-long commencement address into 12 specific pieces of advice.