posted by Ian Summers on June 13th, 2012

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posted by Ian Summers on June 6th, 2012

The New York Times

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 — 10:45 AM EDT

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Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91, A.P. Says

Ray Bradbury, a master of science fiction whose lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America, died on Tuesday in Southern California. He was 91.

By many estimations Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. His name would appear near the top of any list of major science-fiction writers of the 20th century, beside those of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein and the Polish author Stanislaw Lem.

In Mr. Bradbury’s lifetime more than eight million copies of his books were sold in 36 languages. They included the short-story collections “The Martian Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man” and “The Golden Apples of the Sun,” and the novels “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

Read an Interview with Ray Bradbury from a previous post on the Heartstorming blog.

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posted by Ian Summers on June 5th, 2012


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Assignment: Just for the Next 30 Days, Reclaim Old Relationships

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It has been a couple of decades, at least, since I bought one of those squiggly covered ruled composition books – the kind with the black taped binding. I was going to use it to write some poetry that had been ricocheting through my brain.

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The real poetry in my life has been the relationships I have had with hundreds of people.

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I decided to fill the book with the names of everyone I have ever known from all aspects of my life. This was life changing. It brought back simple memories.

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For example, I could name every elementary school teacher from K- 6. In the process, I was able to remember classmates’ names and something about them. This exercise gave birth to this assignment. Make a list of everyone you ever worked with in your industry. If you have been in the business for more than ten years, you are likely to have met hundreds. Perhaps you have a pre-computer Rolodex hidden away in a carton in some closet. Old invoices and tear sheets may stimulate your memory.

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These may be people with whom you worked shoulder-to-shoulder on an assignment. These are people with whom you had some kind of a relationship. Go beyond the obvious. There were art directors, creative directors, picture editors, art buyers, assistants, stylists, account executives, corporate folks, mentors, and many more.

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