I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm waking up each morning in a world where Ray Bradbury no longer lives. But the pain has been somewhat mitigated by the outpouring of affection from some of the my other favorite creators, who have been speaking about Bradbury's influence on their own work. After the jump, read what such luminaries as Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, and Neil Gaiman have to say about the grandmaster of American science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Steven Spielberg, Barack Obama, Stephen King, and Damon Lindelof were among the well-known figures paying tribute to Ray Bradbury, the author of such classics as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles who passed away today at 91."
"'He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career,' Spielberg said in a written statement. 'He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination he is immortal.'
"The two men were mutual fans. Bradbury called Spielberg's 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind 'the best film of its kind ever made.' He later visited the young director 'to tell [him] what a genius he was.' Spielberg told him that seeing the 1953 sci-fi classic It Came From Outer Space, which was adapted from a Bradbury story, inspired Close Encounters.