I thought it would be useful to start a thread for recording people who report being inspired by Ray. Please post appropriate links when you find them.
I'll start with Maria Potter, apparently a student of painting:
[Note to editor of udallasnews.com: it's helpful to include illustrations when writing about visual artists' works...]
Novelist Jonathan Walker. His "illuminated novel" Five Wounds claims inspiration from Something Wicked This Way Comes (among many other sources):
British horror writer Graham Masterton mentions Bradbury as an early influence, although I've a feeling his blood-and-gore approach is not to everyone's taste.
Novelist Lisa J. Lickel, who believes Dandelion Wine is "Hands-down best fiction in America in the twentieth century."
At last! Photographic proof that I'm not the only one! (Maybe I'll even post pictures when mine are set up better.)
Here an appropriate inspiration:
My teaching is inspired daily by Mr. B, in countless ways..."Do what you love, and love what you do!"
Currently we are creating an art show display / literary images of F451, just concluded the novel! Two classes doing a similar assignment. Neither will see what the other has done until show time (school-wide display of all forms of art). So, it will be interesting to see how the two interpretations differ or are similar when all is completed.
(I plan to photograph and send a collection of the works to Mr. B later next month.)
Where are the porches of yesteryear? Not In our neighborhood. No, not here. The front porch Is where we would swing in a swing or rock In a rocker, a rhythmical thing, and watch with alert and probing eye the passing of every passerby...
Hey, Pard!! Thought we lost your trail! Had a cup of coffee with my dear better-half just after school on our side porch, facing down the street.
Our cat jump up looking for a handout, two brown doves cooed in our maple tree - now coming into leaf, and a blue jay screeched across the backyard, probably upset the cat and doves had claimed the area. Our neck of the rural village is especially quiet.
In a few weeks two colleges will be finis, and the tumble weeds on main street will be the chief entertainment (Well, not "that" bad!).
But, I know what you mean. "The Murderer," "The Pedestrian," and "To the Chicago Abyss" all seem more likely than does a summer night in Green Town sipping an orange soda on grandparents' veranda.
No real face to face communications...texts, tweets, ipods, emails, gps,...
I've been busier than a tailgater's brake pedal!
I'm rehearsing for the concert ("No. 4") this weekend:
I think we all knew this one before, but for the record:
Neil Gaiman, novelist and short-story writer, is inspired by Ray:
Way back years ago on this thread I gave my personal inspiration regarding Ray, and I'd like to give it again, considering the way things have turned out.
I was in the fourth grade and in parochial school down in Roseburg, Oregon when I first read The Martian Chronicles. After that, I couldn't stop reading Ray's stuff.
Then I started creating sci-fi that was thinly disguised as 'essays' or 'assignments'...and for some of those the nuns would give me the ruler. (laughs) Finally, one very young nun named Sister Maureena convinced the other nuns to lay off, so I kept going with it.
In 2006, I released The Corona Incident, a funny-serious novel about a whiz kid from M.I.T who stumbles onto the tech for time travel, and then has to flee the university after the government figures it out. So he and two others take a little trip back to 1947 New Mexico to find out if the Roswell Incident really happened.
The next year, in The 13th Day of Christmas, the current President shows the head of NASA a copy of The Martian Chronicles and asks him if a manned mission to Mars is possible over the next four years. I just HAD to get Ray in there somewhere. Here's the excerpt:
If it weren't for Ray, Adventure Books of Seattle would NOT exist, and that is the truth. He was the catalyst, the beginning of what got me into this type of writing, this business, in the first place. There is no doubt of it.
My latest work was a cooperative effort, and for the first time, a non-fiction book. But I think Ray would like it that we finally solved the mystery of skyjacker D.B. Cooper. It's funny the way things go sometimes...(smiles)
The only real bummer in all of this is seeing posts on this forum where some of you have actually MET Ray, and that some of you live in Southern California, where it is easier to do this. I get jealous. This message has been edited. Last edited by: Robert M Blevins,
...And to confirm, in today's Times:
Braling II says in part:
Any small town in the Midwest, especially Iowa. They still do porches there aplenty.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Robert M Blevins,
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