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When a great master passes, you damn well better tip your hat…

Ray Bradbury

August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

Goodbye scholar, star-blazer, dreamer, and wordsmith extraordinaire.

Last Thoughts on the Data Age:

BBC News: Nov. 30 2011 – Fahrenheit 451 becomes e-book despite author’s feelings

‘Too many machines’

Ray Bradbury previously claimed electronic books “smell like burned fuel”.

As late as last year, Mr Bradbury remained firmly opposed to the idea of his book appearing as a digital title.

“I was approached three times during the last year by internet companies wanting to put my books on an electronic reading device,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2010.

“I said to Yahoo: ‘Prick up your ears and go to hell.'”

He also complained about the spread of modern technology.

“We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now,” he said.

However, Mr Bradbury’s agent said the deal had become unavoidable.

“We explained the situation to him that a new contract wouldn’t be possible without e-book rights,” Michael Congdon said.

“He understood and gave us the right to go ahead.”