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Vintage Dandelion Wine

July 23, 2012

One of my favorite authors died last month. Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5, 2012, at the age of ninety-one.

His obituary was carried in most major papers. The New York Times said Bradbury was “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.”

The Los Angeles Times credited Bradbury with the ability “to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away, worlds he anchored in the here-and-now with a sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity.”

The Washington Post mentioned several modern-day technologies that Bradbury had envisioned in his writing, such as the idea of banking ATMs and Bluetooth headsets from Fahrenheit 451, and the concepts of artificial intelligence within I Sing the Body Electric.

In reading about his life, I knew Bradbury, an avid reader, was a strong supporter of public libraries. In fact, he once told The Paris Review, “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries.” Like so many others during the Depression, Bradbury had no money for such an extravagance. “I couldn’t go to college,” he said, “so I went to the library three days a week.”

Bradbury also said something else I agree with: “You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do … and they don’t.” Writers learn to write by writing.

And, although I’m not sure they play the same role they once did, I believe libraries still serve a purpose, if only for the computer access they can give to those without it; a place for young readers to learn the joys of good storytelling; and the quiet opportunity they provide for reading and study that is so often missing in our hectic and “connected” world.

Unfortunately, Bradbury also exhibited skepticism with regard to modern technology by resisting the conversion of his work into e-books. Fahrenheit 451 is the only one of his works Bradbury conceded to publish in an electronic form, when its copyright came up for renewal in 2011.

So, you won’t find Bradbury’s books as e-books for the Kindle on Amazon, or anywhere else. I strongly disagree with that. I think the current generation of readers need the opportunity to read Bradbury’s books, and without electronic access, many of them never will.

“Dandelion Wine” no longer a part of a young person’s literary life? I think that’s a shame.

Busy Time

March 26, 2012


“Reichold Street”  The new book © R.L. Herron

I know I said blogging was going to be more important to me this year, and my dismal posting record does not match the promise. I do have a good excuse, however … honest.

My new novel, the 80,000 word “Reichold Street” got in the way.

It has finally been edited, formatted and uploaded to to both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as a digital e-Book. It should be available online by the end of the week. You can read it with either a Kindle (Amazon) or a Nook (Barnes & Noble) e-Reader.

Don’t have either one yet? No sweat. There’s a free, downloadable app available for Kindle, Mac or i-Pad that will let you read it (or any digital book from Amazon) right on your computer at home. To make it easy for you to find the downloads, I’ve included them below. Just click on the appropriate link below for your computer!

Free Kindle App for PC

Free Kindle App for Mac

Free Kindle App for i-Pad

If you’re a Barnes & Noble fan, I’m still trying to discover if there’s a free app for that, direct to your personal computer. I haven’t found it yet, but if you do have a B&N Nook e-reader, you can go to their e-Book site from here!

Keep your eyes and ears open, because I also have two short story collections that are almost ready to publish. I’ll let you know about them in my next post.

 


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