When I heard the news that Ray Bradbury (author of Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and The Halloween Tree [which is the closest one for me]) had passed, I was stunned. I shouldn’t have been; he was just 2 months shy of his 92nd birthday, after all. But nonetheless, I was stunned. I can’t quite put into words exactly what it means to me, but I found this beautiful piece Neil Gaiman tweeted today (@neilhimself) to be very inspirational and a much more eloquent way of putting into words, the collective emotions of the sci-fi/fantasy fan community.

“Ray Bradbury was not ahead of his time. He was perfectly of his time, and more than that: he created his time and left his mark on the time that followed.” – Neil Gaiman

Many of the other people I follow on Twitter had some very nice words to say about the legend. He touched so many lives: authors, comedians, scientists. Even redheaded cosplay chicks. <3

“Ray Bradbury is gazing down at us from the Ancient Cities of Mars. Love you and your heart Mr. Bradbury.” – Greg Proops (@GregProops)

” The great, the one and only, the irreplaceable Ray Bradbury has left this mortal coil. He was Super important to how I think as a person.” – Adam Savage (@donttrythis)

“Creative imaginative visionary. A dreamer, like so many of the best science fiction authors. Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), R I P” – Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)

“A standing ovation for Mr Ray Bradbury. Our imagination will be dimmer without him.” – Edgar Wright (@edgarwright)

“The Martian Chronicles was such an eye opener. Made me think all sorts of nerdy things I’d never thought before. Thanks Ray.” – Joel Watson (@hijinksensue)

“RIP Ray Bradbury You made Mars, time travel & Illustrated Men more real than reality for a 14 year old me.” – Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson)

“Pour out some dandelion wine for Ray Bradbury. Goodbye Mr. Bradbury. See you in October Country.” – Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)

But I will leave you on a quotes from the man himself; a quote that could change the world if enough people heard it. “Looking back over a lifetime, you see love was the answer to everything.” – Ray Bradbury

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