‘Must Read: Neil Gaiman’s Tribute to Ray Bradbury’

They’re right. This excerpt – from Gaiman’s contribution to a new collection of short stories paying tribute to Bradbury – is haunting:

‘My dreams. I do not know your dreams. Perhaps you do not dream of a veldt that is only wallpaper but that eats two children. Perhaps you do not know that Mars Is Heaven, where our beloved dead go to wait for us, then consume us in the night. You do not dream of a man arrested for the crime of being a pedestrian.’

Read it here.

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury

The old master died peacefully yesterday. There’s a wonderful obituary from Lev Grossman at TIME here.

““If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful,” he once said. “I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting.” He sold his first story in 1941 to Super Science Stories and never looked back. He had an essay in the New Yorker last week.”

He’ll be missed.